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BIBLE MONITOR 

IOL. LXIV JANUARY 1 , 1986 NO. 1 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 

Scriptural in practice. the world and preach the gospel. 

OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

ANOTHER YEAR IS DAWNING 

Another year is dawning! 
Dear Master, let it be, 
In working or in waiting, 
Another year with Thee. 

Another year of progress, 
Another year of praise; 
Another year of proving 
Thy presence "all the days." 

Another year of service, 
Of witness for Thy love; 
Another year of training 
For holier work above. 

Another year is dawning! 
Dear Master, let it be, 
On earth, or else in heaven, 
Another year for Thee! 

- Frances Havergal 



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TOUCHING OTHER PEOPLES LIVES 

During times of contemplation, many thoughts may meander 
through ourminds. Manyof them will beof little value. Others will be 
of great value and helpful to us in various ways. Still others will 
not be immediately valuable but will serve to stir up other related 
thoughts that will prove helpful. These germinal thoughts while 
not of any particular value themselves yet may indirectly lead to 
valuable thoughts. 

We may contemplate upon many subjects. Some may be material 
and temporal; others may be Spiritual. The material and temporal 
certainly have a place in our lives. They are not as serious or 
as valuable in an eternal sense as thoughts upon Spiritual subjects. 
But sometimes our thoughts on worldly subjects may lead our minds 
to more important Spiritual subjects. After all, Jesus used many 
parables in His teaching of Spiritual lessons. The other Bible 
writers also used illustrations to make their lessons more easily 
understood. So it is not to be doubted but what our temporal 
thoughts might lead our minds to Spiritual thoughts also. 

We are living in a time when there is a renewed interest in history, 
especially family history. It is said that knowing our past can help 
us live better lives now and in the future. If our family histories are 
no more than names, dates and places they can not help us much. 
There must be something there of personality and dedication. What 
were the ideals of those remembered in our histories? 

When we think of the members of bygone generations, do we 
consider their place in a larger scope of history than just our own 
family? When thinking of grandparents, great-grandparentsorothers 
whom we have known in younger days do we realize what parts of our 
religious or national history have touched their lives. 

THE BIBLE MONITOR JANUARY 1, 1986 

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If we as youngsters had contact with quite elderly relatives we 
then indirectly have a tenuous connection with some of the great 
historical events that happened when they were young. This might 
include wars, disasters, western settlement or many other develop- 
ments that we think of as being before our own lifetime. In our 
religious history this may give us a connection with some of the 
events that have profoundly influenced the work of the Church. 

How will our lives touch those who come after us. If time con- 
tinues another several decades what events of our lives will those, 
we touch now, identify with us. What can we pass on to others who 
have not known our times as we have. Will there be only "good old 
times" stories that blurthe truth or will it only be tough old times. 
Will there be a record of faithfulness in our religious lives or will it be a 
shifting with the times about us. We may not be very influential in the 
events of today but we may have an opportunity to be influential 
in the lives of those coming after us. How we touch them and 
influence them will be dependent upon how we are living right now. 

When we think of older, now deceased, relatives who have touched 
our lives and of the generations we may yet touch, we think that 
that is quite a span of time we have been in the midst of. If we 
trace our family back eight or ten generations covering between two 
and three centuries we may think we have covered a long time for 
touching people. But this pales to almost nothing when we consider 
how Jesus continues to touch lives even though His earthly life was 
nearly two thousand years ago. When Jesus touches a life it is 
the touch of Eternity. 

Jesus is eternal. He was before the world was created, He is now 
and He will be when this world is rolled up and disposed of. Our 
relationship with Him is more important than all of our earthly 
relationships. No matter how our ancestors have touched us, His 
touch is far more important. His touch is not for time only but for 
eternity as well. Our life here will come to an end. A change will 
be made. Then eternity will be upon us. How will it be for us? 
Will it be bliss or bitter? 

We must allow Jesus to touch our lives. He never touches us 
without our permission. Through belief, repentance and baptism 
we are able to be touched by Him. Having been touched by Him we 
can touch other lives. Not in the same way He can but in a lesser 
degree we can touch other lives. 

At the beginning of this new year we can carry on the touching 
of other lives. We will touch other lives either for good or ill. How 
will you touch those about you? How will you touch those who come 
after you? 



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THE IMMINENT COMING 

At the time of this writing, my wife and I are anxiously awaiting 
the arrival of our firstborn. We do not know the day or the hour this 
baby will arrive. But we know the time will be soon. 

Because we know this baby is coming, we have done many things 
to get ready. The baby room has a fresh coat of light-green paint. 
A matching green carpet now graces the floor. The changing pad 
and powders, oils, and diapersare in place. There issome miniature- 
sized clothing in a dresser drawer. A small crib stands waiting 
to receive a sleeping baby. The suitcase has been packed, and the 
camera has a fresh roll of film. We try not to let the car's gas tank! 
fall below half-full. 

When we first suspected that a child had been conceived, we went 
to our family doctor. He confirmed that there was indeed a baby on J 
the way. Then the size of mother's abdomen began to change.! 
Later, we felt movement. The first time any movement was noticed! 
was during a Prayer Meeting service. I could hardly keep fromH 
shouting out, "Praise the Lord!" 

One evening during a visit to the doctor, he handed his stetho- 
scope to me and I heard baby's heartbeat. I was overwhelmed 
with a sense of awe and wonder at God's handiwork. As the days 
went by, the movements gradually became more pronounced. 
Because of all these signs, we knew there was a baby coming! 

Now we are waiting for the final moments of baby's arrival. 
There are several signs for which we are watching. We don't knowl 
what will happen first. But soon, labor pains will begin. Thel 
membranes may break. Contractions will start. Our plan is to go to 
the hospital where the doctor and his staff will assist in the birth ofj 
our child! 

We must be ready — at any time — for baby's arrival. When I'm! 
at work, I wait expectantly every time the phone rings, wondering 
if it's "THE CALL." Prospective grandmothers inquire almost daily 
to see if "everything's OK." Each day brings us closer to the big 
event. The chances of baby's arrival greatly increase with each dayf 
that passes by. We wait expectantly.... 

This experience reminds me of the Second Coming of our Lord; 
and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us in John 14:3, "And if I go 
and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto 
myself." Jesus is coming again! But we do not know exactly when 
Christ will return. "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day' 
nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh" Matthew 25:13. 

The Word of God gives us quite a few signs that tell us Christ's 
coming is very close. Jesus tells us in Matthew 24 of signs that 
will occur around the time of His Second Coming. In the last days, 



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these signs will occur with increasing frequency and intensity. There 
are many signs, but consider the sign of the earthquakes. 

During the first thousand years after the birth of Christ, there 
were an estimated five major earthquakes every century. But during 
the second thousand years, the earth seemed to become increasingly 
violent. In the Fifteenth Century, there were 174 earthquakes. Then 
in the Nineteenth Century, over 2,000 were reported. Scientists tell 
us that in the Twentieth Century, there's a tremor reported some- 
where on the earth every minute. 

The fact that there are more earthquakes in diverse places didn't 
mean much to me until recently. In south-central Pennsylvania, we 
have never experienced earthquakes. They were something that 
happened in California or some other far-away place. But one 
Sunday evening during preaching services, the church building 
shook for a few seconds! I thought the furnace was going to blow 
up or something. But there was nothing wrong with the furnace. 
Later, we found that we had experienced our first earthquake! Even 
south-central Pennsylvania is no longer a place of refuge from 
earthquakes. Jesus said that there shall be great earthquakes in 
divers places as a sign of the end. 

There are many other signs of the Second Coming of Christ, but 
this example shows us that the time is sooner than it ever was before. 
Jesus says in Luke 21:28, "And when these things begin to come to 
pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption 
draweth nigh." 

What is important is that we are ready to meet Jesus either when 
He comes or when we go to Him (in death). Just as we are acting 
on our belief that a baby is coming, all of us need to do something 
about the coming of Christ. 

Jesus tells us to be ready for His second coming. "Therefore be 
ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man 
cometh." Matthew 24:44. We are to be ready to meet Jesus at any 
moment. We must repent and receive Jesus into our life, believing 
that He is the Son of God. Then we are to confess with our mouth 
the Lord Jesus, and believe with our heart that God did raise Him 
from the dead. We need to tell others what Jesus has done in our 
life. If we are truly concerned about the coming of Christ, we will 
be diligent about loving one another as He commanded. Are we 
truly ready to meet Jesus now? 

What is in store for us here on earth? No man knows for sure. 
But just as we know that baby is coming, just so we know that Jesus 
is coming again. As we see signs of baby's coming, we get excited. 
But what we're really looking for is baby! We also get excited when 
we see signs of Christ's return come to pass. But what we're really 



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waiting and looking for is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! 

Brother Robert Lehigh 
P.S. Adam Samuel Lehigh arrived on Friday, October 11, 1985! 
Jesus is still lingering.... 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Walking the new life in the new year" 

In the year of our Lord, 1986... we will be faced with many new 
challenges and opportunities... and either we will walk more closely 
with Him and become more mature or we will stagnate and let cur 
hand drop from Him. 

In I John 2:6, we read: "He that saith he abideth in him ought 
himself also to walk even as he walked." That thought should chal- 
lenge us as we understand that Jesus came to earth to furnish a new 
pattern for life on this planet. The devil had furnished the pattern 
before. He had become the prince of the world and he had entered 
into every phase of life here below. He had entered into the flesh and 
indwelt it. He had entered into the human body and indwelt it. And 
he had taken over the affairs of men and through their minds worked 
out their own destruction. 

So God sent His Son Jesus to earth in order to change all of this. 
God also furnished Him with a body which was in all respects like 
ours. He had the same human nature which we experience and He 
was completely sold out to the Father and to Him alone. 

Jesus instituted a walk here on earth in such a way that even while 
He was walking here, yet He was entirely SEPARATED from thel 
world. And though He was living in a material society, yet He was! 
sustained entirely from the spirit world... depending on Heaven for| 
everything. That is walking the NEW LIFE. And we are to walk as Hel 
walked. We are taught by Paul in Philippians 2, "Have this mind in I 
you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, | 
thought it not robbery to be equal with God:".... "... and became 
obedient unto death..." Jesus was as we are. He did not make use of 
His Godly powers but handed Himself over to the Father's will and 
walked totally in the new life as an example for us. 

Jesus says that in exactly the same way as the Father sent Him, so 
He sends us. We are to depend totally on Spirit leading and control 
and not our own power and wisdom. The Holy Spirit in us will 
accomplish God's perfect work in us. 

When Jesus laid aside the use of His powers as God, He actually 
took a place below us. God made Him "a little lower than the 
angels." Jesus humbled Himself, taking on the form of a servant and 
humbled Himself further by His death on the cross. As a result of 



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that submlssiveness and obedience, God raised Him up and gave 
Him a Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus 
every knee should bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord. 
When we lay down our powers as man, we are brought down to a 
position of dependence and personal identification with Him. As we 
are stripped of pride and independence and become helpless before 
God, He will walk with us and we will be able to follow in His 
footsteps. He can literally walk out His life through us. 

Because of your adamic nature, you are going to be disposed to 
sin. It will be impossible to get rid of this sinful disposition as long as 
you are in this life, however, your old nature no longer need control 
you. In Christ, your bondage is gone. The world should no longer 
have its power over you and you need not worry about its customs or 
dictates... or even its wisdom. If you walk as Jesus walked, you give 
up your own rights to Him. You live a life of an overcomer... a life 
offered as a sacrifice on Calvary for others. This is the sacrifice that 
brings Satan to nought, destroys his works, looses his bonds and 
strips him of his ill-gotten power. 

When you committed your life to Jesus at baptism, you sur- 
rendered your rights, your family, your friends, your home, your 
reputation, traditions and ideas to Him. You threw self completely 
out and entered the new world of sonship. It meant not looking back 
or seeking fulfillment outside of God's purposes. It meant that 
accomplishments would be measured by His standards. It meant 
you committed your life to sacrifice... even as Jesus was the Living 
Sacrifice. You are not your own as you have been purchased with 
the ultimate price... the blood of Christ. 

In Matthew 16:24, Jesus talks of self denial. You are to have a will 
to serve and Satan will constantly act against that will. But God will 
respect it and with the Holy Spirit dwelling within you, you will have 
success. And remember, willing is not the same thing as wishing or 
wanting, yearning or longing. Willing is making a transaction with 
God, even as Jesus did at the Jordan, and going all the way. 

Will you let God have your life in 1986... all of it? Will you be joyful 
and thankful for everything that transpires, whether great or small, 
easy or difficult? Will you let Him run the whole show? Will you trust 
Him simply and fully? If you do, the year will spring into a bundle of 
activity for Him, energized by the Holy Spirit. You will be more 
fulfilled than you ever have been before. Life will be sweet and fresh. 

Meet Jesus on His terms. Take up your cross and follow Him. 
Don't just SAY that you are willing to do it, but ACT on it. This is 
God's will for your life. 

Challenged with you, 
Brother Leonard Wertz 



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THE FIRST YEAR 

There's a saying that this day is the first day of the rest of your life. 
You can also say this year is the first year of the rest of your life. You 
can use it for many things, and the choice is yours. You can use it as 
a year to please God, or as a year to please yourself. You can use the 
time to help others, or to hinder them, to lift people up or knock them 
down. You can use the year to tell people about Jesus, or as a time 
to hide your light 'under a bushel'. The question is — what will you 
do with it? 

The new year and its activities can set the pace for the rest of your 
life. You can make wise choices now and reap a good harvest later, 
or live foolishly now and reap the consequences later. Choices 
made each day will affect your future on this earth, and your Eternal 
future as well. This relationship can't be avoided. "Whatsoever a 
man soweth, that shall he also reap." Gal. 6:7. It pays to consider 
what you're doing and what the consequences will be. 

"Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of 
salvation." II Cor. 6:2. There is no time better than the present in 
which to get started really serving the Lord. Putting it off only invites 
more heartache and trouble. But starting the year out with Jesus 
increases our possibilities of doing good, and of having a blessed 
year. It's not worth it to take a chance and put off doing what we 
know we should. 

"For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption." 
Gal. 6:8. The person who is living just for today, who is living to 
please himself will reap accordingly. He or she has chosen to use 
this new year for self-indulgence, rather than to seek Jesus. He is 
shoved into the background, rather than being given His rightful 
position. Christ must come first, and if we don't put Him first, we are 
seeking to please only ourselves. 

"He that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life ever- 
lasting." Gal. 6:8. Sowing comes before reaping, and what we sow 
determines exactly what we'll reap. We don't need to wonder if it 
pays to serve Jesus this year — we already have the answer in His 
Word. To know before we start that it pays to serve Jesus is a real 
blessing. Very few things in life give us any assurance of the end 
result, but Jesus has already revealed His reward. For those who 
obey Him, He has promised Eternal Life. 

If you choose to serve Jesus, you can be sure 1 986 will truly be the 
first year of the rest of your life. Even if your earthly life ends, your 
life will go on in Eternity. Eternity is always close at hand, as 
physical life can end very abruptly and unexpectedly. But you don't 
need to live in fear of death if you belong to Jesus. If you do your 
best for Him, you will be rewarded, and even if your year isn't a 
nerfect one, you can still say it has been good. 



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'Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an 
hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him." Gen. 26:12. Isaac sowed 
naturally and received a natural blessing — in abundance. Psa. 65:11 
says 'Thou crownest the year with thy goodness", speaking again of 
natural abundance. But God also sends abundant spiritual blessings 
to those who serve Him. If we 'sow in the land' as God directs us to 
do, He can provide more than we can even think to ask. See Eph. 
3:20. Make 1 986 the first year of the rest of your life — your abundant 
life in Christ. All good things begin with Him! 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
R. 1, Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD 

Psalms 46:10 



Be still and know thy Lord, 

for I am He alone, 
Be still and know that I am God, 

I sit upon the throne. 

Then when the darkness comes, 
and doubts and fears arise; 

Be still and know that I am God, 
have faith and be thou wise. 

And when the flesh and eyes, 
would seek things that are vain, 

Be still and know that I am God, 
I promise richer gain. 

And when the pride of life, 
would captivate thy breast, 

Be still and know that I am God, 
the contrite soul is blessed. 

Or if thy spirit droops 

and all around seems drear, 
Be still and know that I am God, 

look up I'm ever near. 

At the great judgment day 
when all the world stands by, 

You then will know that I am God, 
no one will dare deny. 

Help me, Oh God, I pray 

deny my stubborn will, 
Then I shall tread the narrow way, 

and evermore be still. 

- J. C. Lavy 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

January 1, 1926 

PAYING THE PRICE 

D. F. Lepley 

Dear Brother, Sister, are you willing to pay the price of a carnal 
life? 

What do I mean? 

Just this — You may belong to the best church there is in the 
world — that particular church or denomination that accepts the 
"whole Gospel." 

You may subscribe to everything, all the doctrines that your 
church holds as fundamental and vital, you may profess your 
allegiance to that church, you may profess to the world that you 
believe all of these things, but does the world, the sinful world, 
believe you? 

Does your every day life and your association and dealings with 
the world, does your daily contact with sinners convince them that 
you are what you profess to be — A Child of God? 

If this is true of you, brethren, then why does the world know so 
little about our church, who do sinners seem to know so little about 
her people, who do so few hardened sinners believe your pro- 
fessions and recognize you as one of God's children and be moved 
to accept your church and her doctrines as the power that can save a 
sinner from death? 

Can it be true of us as a people that our professions do not mean 
anything, that all that the world sees in our lives is only our 
professions? 

The sinners of Antioch knew that Paul's converts were Christians 
because their lives corresponded exactly with Paul's description of 
Christ but do sinners of your town and your community recognize 
you in that same way, or do they think of us as "whited sepulchres", 
as Jesus said of the Pharisees in his day? 

My dear brethren, these are serious things, we are facing a serious 
situation as we stand before a sinful and an accusing world. 

Paul, if he were here in our midst today, would no doubt say to us 
as he did to his Corinthian brethren, "are you not carnal"? 

And I fear that he might even liken us to the enlightened and 
educated Athenians that were "religious", who, lest they might have 
missed doing homage to all of the gods, they imagined there were, 
were even willing to erect a shrine to a god that they- did not know. 

Brethren is it possible that this might be true of us? 



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That we have either forgotten, or that we have not yet learned to 
KNOW the one and only true God, "in whom we live and move and 
have our being", the God who is not far from every one of us. 

Every cause has its corresponding effect. And brethren, when 
those who have eyes that see, must acknowledge their conscious- 
ness of the lamentatable fact that the sinful world is becoming more 
and more sinful, and that the saving power of the Church, over 
hardened sinners, her power to make "new creatures" out of them, is 
becoming weaker, then to what cause shall we lay this deplorable 
effect, unless it be to the carnality of our lives. Lives that bear "only 
leaves", while a sin sick, dying world is hungering for the "fruit", the 
life giving, soul satisfying, soul healing "fruit" of the self emptied, 
heart cleansed, consecrated Child of God. 

My brethren if you doubt the soul hunger of sinful men all about 
yoO, then let God burn out of your heart, every vestige of your carnal, 
earthly nature and crucify your carnal life, and let them see that you 
bear "fruit" instead of "leaves" only. And let them taste of the 
goodness of that "fruit", and you can then no longer doubt that there 
is a longing after God in the hearts of the vilest sinners, but they find 
not that in the lives of His professed children which satisfies their 
soul hunger and they perish. 

Oh! My brethren, do we realize that we are piling up an awful 
burden of doubt to God, by failing in our responsibility for the lives of 
sinners all about us, from day to day? 

Are you willing to pay this debt — the price of your carnal life, 
when the day of reckoning comes? 

"Thou art thy brothers keeper." 

THE GUIDING LIGHT 

Through Christ's coming the way is open whereby we can be 
saved. He commanded His disciples to go therefore into all the 
world and preach the Gospel to all nations teaching them all things 
He has commanded. 

By doing His commandments we can become a light to those who 
are living in darkness. It appears today many professing Christians 
are not a light in this dark and sinful world. When Jesus was here He 
said many honor Him with their lips but their hearts are far from Him. 

He taught by example and precept. He said to love one another as 
I have loved you. We should be kind and patient one to another and 
abide by the golden rule. We need all the fruits of the Spirit and 
should bear the infirmities of the weak and not to please ourselves. 
We are living in a day when many are preparing for life in this world 
only. They have no sympathy for the ill, no respect for the aged and 



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are overcome by the sinful lusts of the flesh. 

"Bear ye one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ." Do 
we share in the bearing of burdens? Are we a comfort and con- 
solation to those who can not take care of themselves? It should be 
our desire that we become a help and blessing to others. "Blessed 
are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy." 

When Christ was here in person he was a comfort and consolation 
to the ill. Among those in whom Christian love exists the sharing of 
the bearing of burdens exists. We cannot be a bright and Christian 
light without love. We should not hinder or oppose others for their 
good works. True Christians will accept the spreading of the gospel 
and are a light to those who are living in darkness. Help us to help 
each other hold up each other's cross. 

Christian let your light shine 

All along the way, 

You may guide a wonderer 

To eternal day. 

Have we accepted the guiding light that leads to eternal glory? A 
glorious reward is awaiting those who are faithful and true and 
become a bright shining light in this dark and sinful world. The 
righteous shine as the stars in the sky and are laying up for them- 
selves treasures in Heaven. The true Christian is a light to the world. 
"A city set on a hill cannot be hid neither do men light a candle and 
put it under a bushel." 

We are living in a day many professing Christians are no light in 
this dark and sinful world. They have made a promise to renounce 
Satan's pernicious ways and all the sinful pleasures of this world and 
are not true to the promise. We can have salvation if we are faithful 
and true to the trust Christ left us. 

Jesus came and opened a way, whereby we can be saved. The 
light of the world is Jesus, author of the saving Gospel. In it the light 
is shining. For those faithful and true the reward is eternal life. There 
is also a reward for those who fail to accept the plan of salvation. In 
the saving Gospel is life. Have we accepted it and become a bright 
and shining light in this dark and sinful world? We need the light to 
guide us day and night. Blessed Jesus take our hands. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
5225 Sundial Loop 
Plant City 5 FL 33566 

Christians never see each other for the last time. 



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THE BODY OF CHRIST 

The Church is the body of Christ 

From young to very old, 
It is like this human body - 

Working parts of the "fold." 

God gives everyone some talents 

And all are not the same... 
So if we cannot preach like Paul - 

Then we are not to blame. 

If the Lord shall give us wisdom - 

Then we shall not glory - 
But with a spirit of meekness 

Study His great story. 

He gives us our understanding, — 

We CAN glory in this - 
That we know His loving kindness, 

Judgment and righteousness. 

We'll use what God has given us 

To make our life worthwhile, 
We'll be cheerful, thankful members 

Going the "second mile." 

In this body, we need the "foot" — 

We need also, the "hand," 
The "head" and "smelling" are useful, - 

God gives each one of them. 

If the whole body were an "eye" 

Where would the "hearing" be? 
How can one say to another - 

"I have no need of thee?" 

We are given a mind to think 

And God's spirit to lead... 
While His WRITTEN WORD WILL GUIDE US, 

On IT we are to "feed." 

We're submissive to each other 

In the fear of the Lord - 
Giving thanks to God and Jesus, 

Living in one accord. 

Then when we're lacking in something 

God will always provide... 
Pray earnestly for the best gifts, 

Keeping close to His side. 



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Be ye kind one to another, 
Using the gifts God gave - 

Clinging fast to what Jesus taught - 
Our souls striving to save. 

-Sister Irene Stout 



THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

By J. H. Moore 

Editor's Note: Elder J. H. Moore published a small book in 1914 that in 
simple terms explained the doctrines in the New Testament. These 
teachings are valuable to us today. It is our plan to include a chapter 
of his book in each issue as space permits. May they be helpful to 
each reader. 

INTRODUCTION 

It was in 1708 that eight devout men and women, residing in 
Schwarzenau, Germany, met from day to day to study the Scriptures, 
with a view of ascertaining the will of God, as set forth in the Sacred 
Volume. They put aside all creeds and confessions of faith, that they 
might be free to accept the whole truth as it came to them. After 
studying the Word for months, it became evident that there was no 
body of people in all Europe, known to them, who, in their faith and 
practice, lined up with the form of doctrine enjoined upon the 
followers of Christ. After much earnest prayer it occured to them 
that they could do no wiser thing than to form themselves into a 
working body, and to restore to the church, thus constituted, the 
primitive order of worship and service. Being of one mind and heart, 
regarding the teachings of the Gospel, they cut loose from all former 
church affiliations, agreed together in accepting the New Testament 
as their rule of faith and practice, and proceeded to carry out, step by 
step, what the Inspired Volume demands. 

Early one morning they went to the nearby river Eder, were buried 
with Christ in baptism, and the same day organized themselves into a 
Christian body, made choice of Alexander Mack as their minister, 
and began to preach and put into practice what they conceived to be 
the "all things" set forth in the Written Word. Having settled on the 
New Testament as their rule in all religious affairs, it was an easy 
matter to accept the Jight as it came to them. 

They builded better than they knew. The reform movement 
spread, and hundreds accepted the faith, but on account of perse- 
cution practically the whole membership emigrated to America from 
1719 to 1729. The plea of these earnest people was well received, 
and since then churches have been organized from the Atlantic to 
the Pacific; Conferences have been formed; colleges have been built 



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up; foreign missions have been opened, and a splendidly-equipped 
Publishing House has been established, with church and Sunday 
school activities put into operation. 

.... The author does not aim at literary finish. His purpose is to set 
forth the doctrines of the New Testament in the simplest possible 
manner, so they can be understood by any one who may chance to 
read the book. The chapters are short, and yet they are intimately 
related, and the line of thought is such as to make easy and, we trust, 
helpful reading. 

NEWS ITEMS 

APPRECIATION 

A few lines to tell each of you how we appreciated the many 
prayers, calls, cards, and other items sent our way throughout Ray's 
and my stay in the hospital and afterwards. I was able to go to 
Church after missing four weeks. Praise God for what He can do and 
will do. 

The James and Marie Noecker Family 

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WOMAN OF POMPEII 

It is said that among the recent discoveries in the ruins of Pompeii, 
a city that was destroyed by volcanic eruption in A.D. 79, was 
woman in the act of gathering in her apron, rings, bracelets and 
other valuable articles of jewelry. It would seem that some wealthy 
persons, aware of the coming destruction, had made their escape 
and left these things behind, as worthless in comparison with life; 
but she, hoping to save both life and jewels, delayed the time of her 
flight, and alas, was overwhelmed in the terrific judgment, and so 
lost both her life and the treasure. 

SENTINEL'S DUTY 

A Christian's watchfulness should be like that of a good soldier. A 
sentinel, posted on the walls of a fortress, when he discerns the 
enemy approaching, does not attempt to make an attack upon the 
foe himself, but informs the commanding officer, and leaves him to 
take proper measures to vanquish the enemy. We cannot conquer 
so wily and powerful a foe as Satan, but by watching and praying, 
we may hope, by the help of God, to resist him. 



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VOL LXIV JANUARY 15, 1986 NO. 2 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 

Scriptural in practice. the world and preach the gospel. 

OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

GOD'S GOSPEL 

God, in the Gospel of his Son, 
Makes his eternal counsels known; 
Tis here his richest mercy shines, 
And truth is drawn in fairest lines. 

Wisdom its dictates here imparts, 
To form our minds, to cheer our hearts, 
Its influence makes the sinner live; 
It bids the drooping saint revive. 

Our raging passions it controls, 
And comfort yields to contrite souls; 
It brings a better world in view, 
And guides us all our journey through. 

May this blest volume ever lie 
Close to my heart, and near my eye, 
Till life's last hour my soul engage, 
And be my chosen heritage. 

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THIS WAY, MORE PERFECTLY 

Acts 18:24-28 

Apollos had a sincere desire to serve God, but he did not have a 
complete understanding of what was required. He had been taught 
only the baptism of John the Baptist. This was alright as far as it 
went but it was not fully in compliance with the Lord's instructions 
for the New Testament Church. John's ministry and baptism had 
served as a bridge between the Old and the New Testaments. He had 
served as the forerunner of Christ. As the substance is better than 
the shadow, so Christ is superior to John. Thus John's instructions 
were superseded by those of Jesus. 

Apollos was sincere but that was not quite enough. There was a 
better way than what he knew. He was a docile student willing to 
learn that way. Aquila and Priscilla were willing teachers who taught 
him what he needed to know to proclaim the whole truth of God's 
Gospel to men. His former views had been sincerely held but he was 
willing to receive the better way as taught him. He became a 
valuable minister of the Gospel laboring in conjunction with Paul. 
Paul referred to his own sowing of the Spiritual seed which Apollos 
watered by preaching a little later the same Gospel to a people now 
ready to receive what Paul had given them at a former time. All of this 
was God's doing. He gave the increase but he involved these two 
preachers in His work. God could do the work without men but here 
He used two so neither could claim credit for the result yet the two 
could share in the blessing of souls saved from wrath. 

Many, today, are like Apollos. They have a sincere desire to serve 
God but they, like Apollos, do not fully know or understand the way. 
They, perhaps, have rested their Christian profession upon certain 
fundamentals but they have failed to go on beyond these certain 

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basic doctrines into the total life lived according to God's Word. 
Many have never heard of anything beyond a need for faith in Christ 
and a need for a moral life. They have not been permitted to learn of 
the way more perfectly as revealed in God's Word. Many, perhaps, 
have only a foggy, sentimental vision of what being a child of God 
entails. If as willing as Apollos to learn of the way more perfectly, 
they, too, may become productive laborers in God's moral vineyard. 

Our Spiritual forefathers at Schwarzenau were willing to accept 
new and better teaching. They had diligently studied their Bibles 
before they took the radical step of organizing a new group of 
believers. They were in between the powerful state-churches and 
the fanatical, separatist groups. They had decided that to carry out 
the commands given in the New Testament it was imperative for 
them to be organized into a body. They were sure enough of their 
course that they were willing to face their opponents on either side. 
They took the step of organizing. But they did not wish to "slam the 
door" on any further light they might receive from their further 
studies of the Word. Since there were only eight of them they could 
have felt so insignificant that they wished the further counsel they 
would receive when more were attracted to and identified with their 
number. There were minor points during the first few decades that 
were adjusted according to a more perfect understanding of the 
requirements of the New Testament. 

Some have allowed the possibility of new light to keep them from 
keeping the commandments already established. They, in error, 
expect some new light to counteract the ordinances and rules that 
they do not want to keep anyway. Even if new light were to be given, 
3till any true, new light will not be contrary to what has already been 
.evealed. It is our duty to follow the truth we have and not worry 
dbout something new. The Holy Spirit will not reveal anything to us 
Lhat would be contrary to the Word of God which was originally 
inspired by Him. There is no division within God. 

Instead of looking for some new light, which may be but a 
confirmation of our own prejudice, we should yield ourselves to be 
teachable in the doctrines already revealed to and practiced by the 
Church. There is plenty for us to learn and even more for us to 
practice. We can never comprehend all there is in the Word of God 
so we should be willing while studying it to receive more instruction 
in Christian living. 

We should be willing students like Apollos. Then we can sow or 
water the good seed and let God give the increase. We can be a part 
of His plan to bring forth fruit. We must know the way more 
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FOR JESUS 

There is a song containing these words, "I wonder how John felt 
when he baptized Jesus." (see Matt. 3:13-17) We don't know exactly 
how he felt, we just know John didn't want to do it, but he submitted 
to Jesus' request. There were others who did special things for 
Jesus, like Martha who fixed Him meals, and the woman who 
anointed Him. People walked beside Jesus, and witnessed miracles. 
Some even helped with the miracles, as in the feeding of the large 
crowds, and serving the wine at the wedding. Each of these had a 
special experience with Jesus present, but for us now, it's a bit 
different. 

Jesus is not present with us, but this does not mean we can't do 
anything for Him. There is plenty we can do, but the method is now 
different. All we do is either for Jesus, or against Him and His 
purpose, even though the method is different. We now do things for 
each other, as Jesus pointed out in Matt. 25:31-46. "Inasmuch as ye 
have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done 
it unto me," or "inasmuch as ye did it not....". We are either doing for 
Jesus, or not doing anything for Him. There is no neutral ground. 

The things we do for each other need to be motivated by love, and 
by a genuine, heart-felt concern. Helping each other just to be 
neighborly is good, but it's not enough. Jesus said, "If ye love me, 
keep my commandments." John 14:15. All things which we do for 
Jesus and for others should begin and end with love. Love and true 
Christian compassion go together and insure a successful outreach, 
the kind which touches hearts. Without this basic quality, we would 
soon give up on helping others. 

Jesus always expressed appreciation for things done for Him while 
on earth, and He appreciates what we do also. Our hands are the j 
tools He uses, and our hearts are the messengers of His love. Jesus 
committed much to our care when He left this earth, and it is a big 
responsibility, but He also gives us the strength we need to serve | 
Him. In all we do for Jesus, we can be sure He will do much more for 
us — we can't outgive Him! 

Love sharpens our senses, and makes us more sensitive to the 
needs of others. Love keeps us serving Jesus when life gets dis- 
couraging. Love for Jesus and others helps us to not give up, but to 
remember that our labour is not in vain in the Lord, (see I Cor. 15:58) 

"For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his j 
house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, 
and commanded the porter to watch." Mark 13:34. Jesus left this 
earth, but will return someday. In the meantime, He has work for all 
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Especially we are to give out the Gospel, the good news of salvation. 
And, our lives should show that we really do serve Jesus. 

"And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and 
wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and 
took care of him." Luke 10:34. The man gave help even though no 
one assigned him the task. He took care of the immediate physical 
needs, and also provided for further care for this injured man. This 
Samaritan did all he could for the one in need, and that's what we 
qught to do — as if we were doing it unto Jesus. A half-hearted 
effort, or ignoring a need is not pleasing to Him. A deep, heart- 
involvement is required. 

"The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I 
should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary." 
Isa. 50:4. No matter what our position in life, we tend to get 
discouraged. At such times, we need words of encouragement from 
someone. Jesus wants us to encourage each other, and to pass on 
for Him the promise of His care. If we can encourage someone, we'll 
be doing that also — for Jesus. 

"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him 
it is sin." James 4:17. There is much good to do — for Jesus. We 
need to be busy doing what we can — for Jesus. If we do, in the end 
we can say, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I 
have kept the faith..." — all for Jesus. (II Tim. 4:7) 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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DOUBTERS ANSWERED 

A professor in one of the leading colleges went to the president 
with his doubts upon the subject of endless punishment, and 
confessed that he could "hardly believe the doctrine." "I couldn't 
believe it at all if the Bible did notteach it," was the president's reply. 
An aged minister once preached on the subject of eternal 
punishment. On the next day a young man visited the preacher and 
said: "I believe there is a small dispute between you and me, sir." 
"Ah, what is it?" asked the minister. "Why," replied the youth, "You 
say that the wicked will go into everlasting punishment, and I do not 
think that they will." "Oh, if that is all," answered the preacher, 
"there is no dispute between you and me. If you turn to Matt. 25:46, 
you will find that the dispute is between you and the Lord Jesus 
Christ, and I advise you to go immediately and settle it with Him." 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Devotion to God 

One of the most important features of the Christian walk should be 
a TOTAL devotion to Christ. The Word tells us that Enoch walked 
with God, and Enoch pleased God. His walk with God relates to his 
relationship with Him or his devotion to Him and his pleasing God 
speaks of the behavior that was resultant of that relationship. It is 
totally impossible to build a Christian behavior pattern without the 
foundation of a devotion to the Master. The practice of godliness is 
first of all the cultivation of a life that is pleasing to God. Our concept 
of Him and our relationship with Him determines our conduct. 

Devotion to God consists of three essential elements: the fear of 
God, the love of God and the desire for God. 

The "God-fearing Christian" almost seems to be a concept that is 
old-fashioned and antiquated to many modern-day Christians. 
There was a time when an earnest believer might have been known 
as a "God-fearing man." Today we would probably be embarrassed 
by such language. Many see this idea as provincial and as an Old 
Testament concept that passed away with the revelation of God's 
love in Christ. They misuse the I John 4:18 scripture that relates that 
"perfect love casteth out fear..." Although it is true that the concept 
of the fear of God is treated more extensively in the Old Testament, it 
is a mistake to believe that it is not important in the New Testament. 

The fear of the Lord coupled with the comfort of the Holy Spirit 
must be the character of the New Testament church. Only then will it 
be multiplied. Paul and Peter both used the fear of the Lord as a 
motive for righteous and holy living. Jesus delighted in the fear of j 
the Lord. How can we do any less? 

Some of the aversion to this phrase might be due to not under- 
standing its meaning. The Bible uses the term "fear of God" in two 
ways: (1) that of anxious dread, and (2) that of reverence and awe. 
Fear as anxious dread is caused by realizing God's impending 
judgment upon sin. An example of that is Adam hiding from God 
because he was afraid because of his sin. We are to work out our 
salvation with "fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12)... a reverent fear." 

The greater meaning, however, of fear is honor, reverence and awe 
of God's power. It is an attitude that elicits from our hearts adoration 
and love. It focuses upon His majesty and holiness. John fell at 
Jesus' feet as though dead in Revelation 1 and the angelic beings of 
Isaiah's vision in chapter 6 of that book shows the realization of a 
holy God. 

It is impossible to be devoted to God if our heart is not filled with 
the "fear of God." It shows reverential awe of God's glory and 
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Even modern prayers have become casual and flippant in ad- 
dressing God. None of the godly men of the Bible ever adopted the 
casual manner we often use today. They always addressed God with 
reverence. We must again begin to view Him in the infinite majesty 
that alone belongs to Him who is the Creator and Supreme Ruler of 
the universe. We can't pull Him down to our level of communication 
or terminology. We must focus on His attributes of power, justice 
and greatness. God desires that we grow in both holiness and 
godliness and He wants us to reverence and adore Him for all of 
eternity. We must be learning to do that now. 

Modern Christendom's "love of God" has overshadowed their "fear 
of God." We should not revel in His love and mercy without having 
vividly in sight His majesty and His holiness. We must have a great 
sense of His presence, an awareness of our obligation to Him and an 
understanding of our devotion to Him. If we understand God's 
hatred for sin, then it will influence and regulate our conduct. With 
honest reverence will come willing obedience since every act of 
disobedience is an affront to His majesty and dignity. 

Only as we "fear" Him can we appreciate His love. We can never 
forget that we were one time an object of His holy and just wrath and 
only because of Jesus' bearing our sins in His own body was that 
wrath abated. The love of God has no real meaning apart from 
Calvary. And Calvary has no meaning apart from the holy and just 
wrath of a living God. Jesus didn't die just to give us peace and 
purpose in life; He died to save us from God's wrath. He died to 
reconcile us to a holy God from whom we were alienated because of 
our sins. Our appreciation for that love is only shown in our devotion 
to Him. The more we see our own sinfulness, the more we 
comprehend God's love. 

True godli ness engages our affections and awakens us to a desire 
to enjoy God's presence and fellowship. It produces a longing for 
fellowship with Him. You might have a quiet time, might read the 
Bible and pray, but do you really long for God, wanting to enjoy a 
deep fellowship with Him. I fear that our Christianity is too shallow 
and "practical" for that many times. Dare to be as devoted as Paul. 
Dare to involve yourself with God as David did. He continues to 
knock on the door of our heart and if we hear Him, He will come in 
and fellowship with us. He desires that we come to know Him better. 
And as we do, we will radiate His glory in a way that is warm and 
inviting, never cold or forbidding. 

Fear... love... desire... all complement and reinforce each other and 
produce within our souls an intense desire to be devoted to God. 
You might be talented, personable or very busy in Christian service 
and still not be godly because you lack devotion. Let your life take 
on this new dimension and reflect the very stamp of God. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

January 15, 1926 

ENDURANCE 
Rueben Shroyer 

Endurance. The power to endure; fortitude, durability. - Webster. 

The New Standard Dictionary gives the following definition of the 
word. To suffer or bear, as pain, sorrow or destructive force without 
injury or giving way. From this it will be seen that the word has an 
active meaning but the activity implied in the word is directed no so 
much against the thing that is endured, as against the temptation to 
give way under pressure. Hence the injunction, "Be not OVERCOME 
with evil." (Rom. 12:21). In Mark 4:17 the word is used in connection 
with persecution, and the class, or stony ground, hearers in the 
parable of the sower, the people ENDURE BUT FOR A TIME. In 
Matt. 24:12, in His Olivet discourse our Lord, after having told His 
disciples some of the things they would suffer for his name's sake, 
said: "But he that shall ENDURE unto the end shall be saved." 
Persecution is one of the greatest tests of endurance. The Apostle 
Paul knew this. In II Timothy 3:11 he speaks of the persecution he 
endured. The Thessalonian believers were commended by Paul for 
their Faith, their patience, in all their persecutions which they 
endured. (II Thess. 1:4). 

In II Timothy 4:5 Timothy is told to "Endure afflictions, do the work 
of an evangelist." Suffering affliction will be the lot of every one who 
preaches the true gospel especially if that message is backed by a 
holy and unselfish life, as it was in the case of Paul, not as pleasing 
men but God which trieth our hearts. (I Thess. 2:4). 

Our afflictions which we consider heavy, God says are light and 
but for a moment. A far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory 
will be the reward forall those who ENDURE the same for His name's 
sake. (II Cor. 4:17). 

We are to endure chastening as the children of God. We are not 
the children of God if we are not partakers of this chastening. Now 
chastening is not pleasant but grievous, but afterwards it yieldeth the 
peaceable fruits of righteousness to them that are exercised thereby 
(Heb. 1 2:7). Chastisement will cause us to bear fruit and thus glorify 
God. We are to endure grief, suffering wrongfully. (I Peter 2:19). 
This is one of the severe tests of endurance. "For hereunto were ye 
called. Because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, 
that ye should follow his steps. Who when he was reviled, reviled not 
again." 

Jesus in Matt. 5:11-12 says, "Blessed are ye when men shall revile 



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you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you 
falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your 
reward in heaven. For so persecuted they the prophets which were 
before you." The man of God is enjoined to ENDURE HARDNESS 
as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (II Tim. 2:3). 

Many have started out in the service of God and failed because 
they expected an EASY time of it. They were unable to ENDURE 
hardness as good soldiers. The poet caught the right idea when he 
said, "Must I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease, While 
others fought to win the prize, And sailed through bloody seas?" 
Paul said, "I endure all things for the elect's sake, that they may also 
obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory." The 
crown of life is promised to those who endure temptation. Just think, 
a crown for just enduring temptation! Then there is the endurance of 
waiting of which Abraham is a striking example. After he had 
patiently endured he obtained the promise. (Heb. 6:15). "Behold we 
count them happy which endured. Ye have heard of the patience of 
Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; That the Lord is very pitful 
and of tender mercy." (James 5:16). Marvelous example of en- 
durance is Job. In spite of all, Job maintained his integrity and 
continued to declare his faith in God. He bore it all without giving 
way. The Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. 
(Job 42:12). 

Moses endured, as seeing him who is invisible. (Heb. 11:27). 
Finally "consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners 
against himself lest ye be wearied and faint in your mind." (Heb. 
12:3). "for the joy that was set before him endured the cross 
despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne 
of God. He that endureth unto the end shall be saved." 



THE NEED FOR A CONSISTENT WITNESS 

Galatians 2:11-12 "But when Peter was come to Antioch, I with- 

i stood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that 

certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they 

were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which 

were of the circumcision." 

There is a movement within the earthly church that we believe is a 
part of the great apostacy which was prophesied for the last days. 
While we realize not all will agree with us, we believe the scriptures 
teach that the last days started at Pentecost and will continue until 
the end of the age. No matter how you interpret the last days the 
scriptures teach that as time goes by there will be greater deception 
to contend with. II Timothy 3:13 "But evil men and seducers shall 



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wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." For some 
reason unknown to us this verse is usually applied to things of the 
world. But the entire chapter is a warning to the church, not a 
teaching of worldly happenings. This is a part of our concern. It has 
become increasingly popular to try to "christianize" those outside 
the church while church discipline is almost unheard of. 

The last two verses of II Timothy 3 are quoted often. "All scripture 
is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for 
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the 
man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good 
works." While it has probably been done, we do not recall hearing a 
sermon or reading an article that really looks at what these verses are 
saying. With the help of the Holy Spirit, hopefully, we wish to do just 
that. 

First of all, all scripture is given by inspiration of God. We believe 
that the Holy Spirit was speaking of both the old and the new 
testaments, even though Paul probably did not realize this at the time 
it was written. We must accept all the truths God has given from 
Genesis to Revelation. It has become popular in many church 
circles to deny that there are absolute truths within scripture. Every- 
thing is left open to individual interpretation. This includes such 
basic doctrines as the virgin birth, the sinless life, the bodily resur- 
rection, ascension, and literal coming again of our Lord Jesus Christ! 
There was the time when such senseless arguments came from 
those who denied the inspiration of scriptures. But today there are 
those who claim to believe the Bible is the word of God and 
subscribe personally to these basic doctrines. But they say, and this 
is very important, that it is not necessary to accept these truths for 
salvation. 

Next we find that scripture is profitable for doctrine. If you want to 
get into trouble with a large segment of the earthly church just 
mention the word DOCTRINE. We are aware of the fact that this has 
separated the earthly church into many different denominations and 
groups. It has also split many congregations "down the middle." So 
do we then just ignore doctrine? While it is quite popular to either 
ignore or lambast doctrine, we do not see how we can do this and 
remain true to scripture. We could quote many verses that teach the 
need of doctrine. But it is not sufficient to say that the Bible IS 
doctrine. One of the doctrines taught repeatedly throughout 
scripture is the doctrine of love. We believe this must be applied 
when we get into the area of individual "church doctrine." But true 
love is not keeping quiet about personal convictions, but sharing 
them. In that great love chapter, I Corinthians 13, we read, "(love) 
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth." It is here that the 



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argument of interpretation gets its greatest support. We are 
impressed by the fact that the early Brethren spent very little time 
with "interpretation" but made a great effort to LIVE OUT what the 
Bible taught. This is not to say that our Brethren forefathers were 
infallible. But we do believe they were sincere followers of the divine 
Word. 

Following this, we find that scripture is given for reproof. We find 
this is ouropening verses. If standing for doctrine is not popular, the 
idea of reprooving someone is even less popular. As we stated the 
Bible teaches the need of love. But this does not do away with all the 
other teachings of scripture. Paul would not have been very popular 
in many of our modern churches. He loved Peter enough to point 
out to him that he was wrong. Today all kinds of heresy and false 
teaching are being brought into the earthly church, and we are 
instructed to keep our peace. Peter's action of hypocrisy was mild in 
comparison to what is going on today. May God give us the power to 
speak the truth in love. 

Closely associated is that scripture is given for correction. The 
popular idea is that sin is not sin unless you make it sin. Many things 
clearly marked as sin in scripture are tolerated. Along with this we 
are given instruction in life style. But it is no longer popular to be 
different from the world. It is understandable that individuals do not 
desire fellow human beings to dictate their life style. But it is sad that 
so many who profess to be followers of Christ reject what the 
scriptures have to say on this subject. 

This brings us to our last point, the scriptures are given for 
instruction in righteousness. "But that is YOUR interpretation," is 
heard again and again. This allows individuals to do as they please. 
"New light" is the theme of the day. And this is not only in the cults 
and "liberal" churches. Very few are following the accepted interpre- 
tations of our earthly forefathers of ALL denominations and groups 
that are biblically sound. 

We believe that the great apostacy is "do as YOU wish." The "self 
cult" is to be found in the vast majority of our modern churches. It is 
no longer, "Jesus I give up my life and accept you as Lord," but 
"Jesus you are welcome to come in and share MY life." We want the 
world and Christ also. The Bible says this can not be. Will we follow 
the teaching of the Holy Scripture or the wisdom of man? 

James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 



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LOVE OF JESUS 

The Love of Jesus 

Is in my heart - 
He's given me words 

Now to impart 
To all Christian souls 

Who walk His way - 
Who will come to Him 

And humbly pray. 

O Christian, beware, 
Lest you might stray 

From the fold of God 
And stroll away - 

If you let Satan 
Get in your life 

do you not know 
He causes strife? 

Turn your back on him - 

Pray fervently 
That God will guide you 

On life's rough sea, 
He will calm the storms, 

Bring peace to you - 
And all those dark skies 

Will turn to blue. 

After you submit 

Your will to Him - 
Let Him guide your feet 

From hell-fire's brim, 
Don't let tradition 

Made by mere man 
Overcome your thinking — 

Your Bible scan. 

For if you add to - 

Or take away 
From the Words God gave... 

Come judgment day 
You may hear Him say - 

"Depart from Me 

1 don't know workers 

of iniquity." 

- Sister Irene Stout 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Is There A God? 
J. H. Moore 

Is there a God? Why ask the question? Can any one doubt the 
existence of a Supreme Being? On every hand we are confronted 
with positive evidences of his existence and power. What are we to 
understand by the earth, sun, moon and all the stars? What are we to 
understand by the planets of our solar system, that revolve about the 
sun with absolute regularity? Well may it be said: "The heavens 
declare the glory of God." The solar system alone proves the 
existence of an Overruling and Intelligent Mind. Everything we 
behold works with the utmost precision, — an accuracy unknown in 
any device of man. A planet, in its course around the sun, varies not 
a second in a thousand years. The heavenly bodies most assuredly 
show the handiwork of God. Indeed, can any thinking man look up 
at the starry heavens, behold the movements of the celestial orbs, 
and yet doubt the existence of a God? Then think of man, — his 
intelligence, his aspirations and the yearnings of his heart. The best 
and the noblest there is in man cries out after a being greater than 
himself. The idea of a God is innate with man. It is a very part of him. 
He can not get away from the thought. Yea, there is a God. This is 
the verdict of the best minds the world has ever produced. One of 
the wisest of men once said: "The fool hath said in his heart, There is 
no God." So, after all, only fools say, "There is no God." 



THE GREATEST NAME ON EARTH 

Emperor Napoleon said Here I am a prisoner of Saint Helena. My 
soldiers and generals have forsaken me and here I am forgotten but 
Christ and His Christians die, for Jesus they work without pay and 
are willing to die martyr's death for Him. We great men endure for a 
little while but His name lives on for the ages and world without end. 
Phil. 2:10-11 says "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, 
of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to 
the glory of God the Father." Again in Phil. 3:8, "Yea doubtless, and I 
count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ 
Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do 
count them but dung, that I may win Christ," And another scripture 
says, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." 

We have had companions who have gone the way of all the earth, 
like David said he was going the way of all the earth. He called his 
son Solomon and told him to keep the commandments of the Lord 



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and it will go well with you. We miss our loved ones who are gone, 
with their kind ways and good counsel. We know that monster and 
enemy, death, shall be done away with because our Redeemer 
overcame it. Death came from the disobedience of ourforeparents 
in the Garden of Eden. The Bible says by one man's transgression 
death hath passed unto all men. That is the reason we have to die 
but there is an escape provided. If we are His Saints, we will be 
changed in a moment and a twinkling of the eye. We escape that 
enemy death. Heb. 2:14 says in the last part of the verse, "... that 
through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that 
is, the devil;". Death will be no more in Heaven. Our loved ones lay 
in their graves so silent and cold just like Lazarus. Then Jesus seeing 
all the Jews weeping He groaned in himself. The shortest verse in 
the Bible is "Jesus wept." 
There is a hymn I like to quote: 

There is a name I love to hear; 
I love to sing its worth; 
It sounds like music in mine ear, 
The sweetest name on earth. 

It tells of One whose loving heart 
Can feel my smallest woe 
Who in each sorrow bears a part 
That none can bear below. 

It's hard to bear when our loved ones leave this world but we can 
not do anything about it. It's beyond our control so we have to go on 
looking for that blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Lord and 
Savior, Jesus Christ. All that are in their graves shall hear the voice 
of the Son of God and come forth some to eternal life and some to 
condemnation. Let's praise His most holy name. 

Paul Fridley 

R. 1, Lewisburg, OH 

UNFEIGNED LOVE 

Oh for that unfeigned love that Paul speaks about in II Corinthians! 
How the Church needs to be revived to the point that this unfeigned 
love can be seen in each one. Looking over my own life, I see the 
need more and more for this kind of love. (Unfeigned means not 
pretending). It is not hard to show love for our children, and it is r^t 
hard to show love for one that we have grown to appreciate over the 
years, but to show UNFEIGNED LOVE for brethren and sisters that 
you have never seen before, or for those who did you a wrong, takes 
the Holy Ghost of God working in your heart to bring it about. In 



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order for God to use us we cannot have any spot of hatred or malice 
in our hearts toward any person. This includes people of the church, 
and also worldly people. If one comes into our fellowship and is not 
attired as we are, we cannot look with disdain at this person, but we 
must love him with an unfeigned love: one that he can see and 
believe to be true. More people have been won to the Lord Jesus 
Christ with a kind word and a loving spirit than with bitter words of 
judgment. Looking to our example, Jesus Christ, we see many 
instances of this loving spirit. When He healed the sick, it says He 
would look WITH COMPASSION upon the person. He wept when 
he observed Jerusalem, and when He heard that Lazarus was dead. 
He wept in the Garden of Gethsemane, realizing that His time was 
soon to come, that He would die for the sins of many. 

The early church had such love for one another that they divided 
their goods and their possessions among themselves, that none 
would lack. Our forefathers risked their lives to come to this New 
World to preserve the faith of the ages that we might enjoy it today. 
And today, we must practice it, and more than this, it must be the 
Holy Ghost inspired gift that we must pass along to the world 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Lynn Hayes Miller 



NEWS ITEMS 

WINTERHAVEN, CALIFORNIA 

TheWinterhaven Congregation invites one and all to join us in our 
Lovefeast celebration on February 15, 1986. There will be all day 
services on Saturday and Sunday. 

Sister Crisanta Smith, Cor. 

A NOTE OF THANKS 

I want to say "THANKS" to each and everyone who sent me cards 
and gifts while I was ill. A special "thanks" for all of your prayers. We 
appreciated the visits from each one who visited me while re- 
cuperating at home. May God richly bless you. 

Sister Flossie Beeman 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
FEBRUARY 1986 

February 2 - Bishops and Deacons - I Tim. 3:1-16. 

1. What are some of the qualifications for a minister or deacon? 

2. What are the duties of each office? 

3. Why does Paul say great is the ministry of Godliness? 
February 9 - Godliness is Profitable - I Tim. 4:1-16. 

1. What time is referred to as the latter days? 

2. Are apostates in the church or are they on the outside? 
February 16 - Providing for Family and Widows - I Tim. 5:1-16. 

1 . How are we to treat those who labor with us in the Church? 

2. Who is to see that older people are taken care of? 
February 23 - Purity - I Tim. 5:17-25. 

1. What should be our conduct toward older members of the 
Church? 

2. Explain verse 22? and who is Paul referring to? 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR FEBRUARY 1986 

February 2 - Duty - Luke 9:18-26; Rom. 12:1-21. 

1. What are the conditions for discipleship? 

2. What is the Church compared to? 

February 9 - Our Hearts - Prov. 4:20-27; Matt. 15:18-20; Luke 6:43-49; 
Rom. 10:1-11. 

1. Why is it so important to keep the heart pure? 

2. Is the saying, "if the heart is right all is right" true? 

February 16 - The Open Door - John 10:7-10; John 14:1-6; Rom. 
5:1-11; Heb. 10:16-25. 

1. Who does Jesus say is the Door? 

2. In Rom. 10:9 what are the conditions for salvation? 
February 23 - Hindrances - Gal. 3:1-8; Gal. 5:7-9; Heb. 12:1-6. 

1. What was the problem in the Galatian Church ? 

2. To whom are we to look? 



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FEBRUARY 1, 1982 



NO. 3 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THIS DAY 

Charlotte L. Darwin 

God forgive my angered voice 

My wail when things go wrong, 
For forgetting I am — Oh so weak 

And only Thou art strong. 

God forgive my restless heart 

That so often strays from home, 
And help me in Thee to find 

A place to call my own. 

God forgive my faultering steps 

Amid hardships, pain and care, 
Let me remember the heavy cross 

That You were glad to bear 

God forgive my hurried steps 

In life's preparatory way, 
And cause me, God, to often stop 

And help someone each day. 

- Selected by Brother Harold K. Musselman 



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REVERENCE 

From the account of Abraham's meeting with Melchisidek (Heb. 
7) we see that the greater bestowed favor on the lesser. In return 
the lesser owed a debt of gratitude and praise. Abraham was a 
man who had received many honors. But when he returned from 
his successful campaign against the kings, he met one greater 
than himself. Although he was a man used to receiving the gifts 
and praise of others, he, in turn, had to give to one greater than 
himself. This example of reverence on the part of the Father of the 
Faithful should encourage the faithful of today to show a proper 
reverence to the One who is greater than ourselves. 

Reverence is the acknowledgement by man that he is not the 
greatest. The One who is greater deserves the awe, respect, 
obedience and worship of men. Reverence is more than the giving 
of material gifts, it is the giving of that which is hardest to give, 
one's unreserved obedience and respect. It is realizing that 
whatever talent we have is a gift from Above and must be used 
according to God's Will. 

"Holy and reverend is his name." Psalms 111:9b. Just as one of 
His characteristics is holiness so is the name reverend. Men may 
attain a certain degree of good behavior and morals and attempt 
to live a holy life. But the human efforts, even at their best, fall short 
of the absolute holiness of God. The only holiness within men that 
will approach His holiness is that which He gives to men through 
the redemption process. As it is unseemly for men to boast of 
being holy so it is unseemly for men to take upon themselves the 
name of reverend. Like holiness it is reserved for the One who is 
truly deserving of men's reverence. We must honor and appreciate 

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our fellow men but we dare not give them the reverence reserved 
for God. Jesus said that One, Himself, was the Master and all the 
others were brethren. "Brethren" implies an equal rank, therefore 
none could assume to be object of the others' reverence. 

The only two connections between men and reverence 
ultimately points to God. The first is the reverence that the wife 
owes to her husband. Eph. 5:22-31. This whole passage con- 
cerning the marriage relationship shows an earthly picture of the 
relationship between Christ and the Church. As Christ willingly 
gave His life for His Bride, so the husband should willingly offer 
himself for his wife. As the Church reveres her Saviour and is 
obedient to Him, so the wife owes a submissive attitude to her 
husband. The willingness of husbands to sacrifice for their wife's 
benefit and the unsubmissiveness of wives to their husbands' 
position as head has caused the breakup of many marriages, 
homes and families. 

The second place where reverence is owed to men is similar and 
related to the first. Children are to revere their parents. As the 
offspring of God we are to be obedient to Him, so children are to 
revere their fathers. (Heb. 12:5-11) The father, while very fallible 
and capable of many mistakes, symbolically represents God 
within the family. He is the one charged with teaching God's Word 
to the family. He also has the duty of discipline. Therefore the 
child should see in the earnest father a picture of God's mercy and 
severity. Again many of the failures within the home today can be 
blamed on the fathers who do not fulfill their God given responsi- 
bility and upon children who do not give proper respect to the 
parent. 

Our reverence for God is shown not only by our deeds but also 
by our language. God should be spoken of in terms that show 
reverence. While He is our Friend, He should not be spoken of as 
a, "Good Buddy", "The Man in the Sky" or other popular slang 
designations. Not only should we be careful about how we speak 
about Him, we should be careful how we speak to Him. Prayer is an 
acknowledgement of our reverence for Him. Prayer is our praise 
of the One who is Above us yet who provides for us in mercy. 
Prayer also is petition which is directed to the One who is able 
through greater power to meet our needs. Since our prayers are 
our acknowledgement of Him we should use the terms that our 
language provides to express ourselves. We should not use terms 
of familiarity but words of reverence. The English language has set 
aside words like "Thee" and "Thou" and "Thine" to be used when 
approaching God. Perhaps, it is a result of the secularzation of the 
schools that has caused these terms of deference to be pushing 
into the background. There is a danger that if we use familiar terms 
when speaking to God that we will eventually grow to hold Him in 



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contempt as we oft times do with familiar things. 

Our duty as God's creatures and especially as His children is to 
reverence Him. If we reverence Him we will exhibit a faithful 
witness in this world. Reverence Him. 



WHAT SHOULD BE THE CHRISTIANS 
ATTITUDE TOWARDS WAR? 

According to General George C. Marshall's estimates of 
soldiers killed in World War II. 

Soviet Union lost 7,500,000. 

Germany lost 2,850,000. 

Japan lost 1,500,000. 

British Commonwealth lost 450,000. 

United Kingdom lost 305,770. 

Italy lost 300,000. 

China lost 2,200,000. 

France lost 200,000. 

United States lost 295,904. 

Add to these the civilians killed throughout the world. 

Add to these those who suffered various wounds. 

Add to this the food and raw materials consumed or destroyed. 

Add to this the homes and property destroyed. 

Add to these the anguish and hardships endured. 

What part would Christ have in such a conflagration? 

Brother Howard J. Surbey 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 



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THE VEIL 

There is only a veil between us and Heaven! A veil is the thinnest 
and frailest of all conceivable partitions. It is but a fine tissue, a 
delicate fabric of enbrodery. It waves in the wind; the touch of a 
child may stir it and accident may rend it; the silent action of time 
will moulder it away. The veil that conceals Heaven is only our 
embodied existence; and though "fearfully and wonderfully made," 
it is only wrought out of our frail mortality. So slight is it that the 
puncture of a thorn, the touch of an insect's sting, the breath of an 
infected atmosphere, may make it shake and fall. In a bound, in a 
moment, in the twinkling of an eye, in the throb of a pulse, in the 
flash of a thought, we may start into disembodied spirits. 



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MADE HIS OWN CHAIN 

A cruel ruler once ordered a subject to make an iron chain, one 
link each day. When it was finished, the poor wretch was bound with 
it, and thrown into a dungeon. Thus day by day do people, in 
obedience to the command of their Master, Satan, forge the links of 
a chain of evil deeds that shall end in their eternal imprisonment. 



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Falls, Maryland 
Labor Day Weekend - South Fulton, III. 



Last Sat. April 
Last Sun. April 
First Sun. May 
Third Sat. May 
Third Sat. May 



First Sun. Oct. - 
Second Sun. Oct 
Third Sat. Oct. - 
Sat. before Third 
Fourth Sat. Oct. 
Last Sun. Oct. - 
First Sat. Nov. - 
First Sun. Nov. - 
Second Sat. Nov. 



Walnut Grove, Md. 
. - Waynesboro, Pa. 
Dayton, Virginia 
Sun. Oct. - Lititz, Pa. 

- Englewood, Ohio 
Bethel, Pa. 
Newberg, Oregon 
Shrewsbury, Pa. 

- Pleasant Home, Ca. 



MINISTERIAL 
LIST 



BASHOR, W. E. (E) 
875 Lorna Drive 
Glen Ellen, California 95442 
707-996-0842 

BIRD, WALTER W. (E) 
5851N-1350E-34 
Converse, Indiana 46919 
317-395-3655 

BROADWATER, CARL (M) 
R. 6 

York, Pennsylvania 17404 
717-792-1803 

BYFIELD, PAUL (M) 
R. 7 Box 29-B 
Modesto, California 95351 
209-523-8412 

CARPENTER, ROBERT W. (M) 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, Indiana 46970 
317-395-7879 

CARPENTER, WILLIAM (E) 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 
517-458-6535 

CHUPP, ALVIN (M) 
R. 2 Box 166 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3965 

COOK, MILTON (M) 
Apt. 3, 1309 W. Lynne 
Anaheim, California 92802 
714-635-4575 

COVER, RUDOLPH (M) 
2034 Roble Ave. 
Modesto, California 95354 
209-521-5074 

EBERLY, ALLEN B. (E) 
R. 3 

Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522 
717-354-9285 



BIBLE MONITOR 



EBLING, DAVID (E) 
R. 1 Box 300A 

Bernville, Pennsylvania 19506 
215-488-7185 

FLORA, JOSEPH E. (E) 
R. 3 Box 12 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-4382 

FLORY, HARLEY (E) 
R. 4 

Defiance, Ohio 43512 
419-497-3953 

GUNDERMAN, H. M. (E) 
22605 C.R. 118 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 

HARLACHER, GALEN (E) 
404 Columbia Dr., N.W. 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 
503-538-2033 

HARRIS, OTTO (E) 
Box 131, Antioch Route 
New Creek, W. Virginia 26743 

HARTZ, PAUL A., Jr. (M) 
157 North Lincoln St. 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 17078 

HEISEY, WILLIAM (M) 
9956 U.S. Rt. 36 
Bradford, Ohio 45308 

JAMISON, DALE E. (E) 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

JAMISON; GORDON (M) 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

JAMISON, HERMAN (M) 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

JOHNSON, H. EDWARD (E) 
5-1307-S.H. 108 
Wauseon. Ohio 43567 
419-335-9133 

KAUFFMAN, EUGENE (E) 
R. 6 Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
703-434-7824 

KEGERREIS, DAVID (M) 
R. 1 
Bethel, Pennsylvania 19507 



KEGERREIS, JAMES (E) 
R. 1 Box 92 

Richland, Pennsylvania 17087 
717-933-4665 

KEENEY, LAVERNE (E) 
R. 1 Box 233A 
Lititz, Pennsylvania 17543 
717-738-1566 

LEATHERMAN, CHARLES (E) 
1-18158-H 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-6593 

LEATHERMAN, VIRGIL (M) 
419 N. Queen Street 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-5753 

LITFIN, GALEN (E) 
1314 E. 7th Street 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 
503-538-2668 

MALLOW, ELDON (M) 
13102 Grant Shook Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 
717-597-9615 

MARKS, RONALD L. (M) 
R. 2 Box 219 
Stewartstown, Pennsylvania 17363 

MYERS, HOWARD E. (E) 
R. 3 

York, Pennsylvania 17402 
717-755-9812 

MYERS, PAUL R. (E) 
Box 117 

Greentown, Ohio 44630 
216-499-6080^ 

NESS, JACOB C. (E) 
136 Homeland Road 
York, Pennsylvania 17403 
717-741-1607 

PEASE, WALTER C. (M) 
R. 1 Box 173 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

PEFFER, JOHN (M) 
R. 10 Box 120 
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013 
717-243-8328 



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PIFER, FRED (M) 
R. 3 Box 184 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-3187 

REED, D. PAUL (E) 
R. 3 Box 1 
Riner, Virginia 24149 

REED, HAYES (E) 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, California 95355 
209-523-2753 

REED, RAY R. (E) 
Box 12 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3031 

REED, W. S. (E) 
R.2 Box 135 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3583 

REPLOGLE, GEORGE E. (E) 
9966 Pitsburg-Laura Road 
Arcanum, Ohio 45304 
513-947-1074 

RICE, JOSHUA (E) 
10213 Bethel Road 
Frederick, Maryland 21701 
301-898-9741 

ROOT, WM. (E) 
1612 Morphy Street 
Great Bend, Kansas 67530 
316-SW3-5284 

RUSH, HARLEY (E) 
R. 1 

Converse, Indiana 46919 
317-395-3751 

SCHULTZ, CLYDE E. (E) 
1428 Cooper 
Turlock, California 95380 

SHAFFER, FRANK D. (E) 
13062 Grant Shook Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 
717-597-7282 

SHANK, RAY S. (E) 
c/o Kraley's Senior Citizen Home 
213 West Main St. 
Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055 
717-359-3868 



SHELLY, EMMERT O., Jr. (M) 
California Road 
R. 2 Box 512 

Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-4975 

SHUMAKE, L.A. (E) 
R. 5 Box 223 
Louisa, Virginia 23093 
703-967-1993 

SKILES, DANIEL C. (M) 
6560 Sonoma Mt. Road 
Santa Rosa, California 95431 
707-544-1472 

SKILES, DAVID L. (E) 
R. 2 Box 8 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

SKILES, ORA (E) 
3623 Toomes Rd. 
Modesto, California 95351 
209-545-0551 

SMITH, BERTON E. (M) 
R. 2 
Topeka, Indiana 46571 

SMITH, WARREN C. (E) 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
303-829-4521 

SNYDER, JACK L. (M) 
R.D. 1 

Stevens, Pennsylvania 17578 
215-267-3174 

ST. JOHN, DEAN (E) 
1040 Hillsdale Road 
R. 1 

Camden, Michigan 49232 
517-254-4338 

ST JOHN, DENNIS <M) 
R. 1 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 
419-428-2305 

STUMP, PAUL (M) 
10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 
Union, Ohio 45322 
513-836-6559 

SURBEY, HOWARD J. (E) 
749 W. King St. 

Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-4272 



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SWEITZER, MERLE (M) 
R. 3 Box 81 
Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356 

SWIHART, MERLE (M) 
R. 2 Box 137 
Topeka, Indiana 46571 

SWIHART, ROY J. (E) 
17421 C.R. 14 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 
219-825-2277 

UPLINGER, WILBUR L. (M) 
R. 1 Box 11 
Mt. Crawford, Virginia 22841 

WALKER, HENRY (M) 
12413 Delaware Road 
Hickman, California 95323 

WERTZ, EMERY (E) 
33720 Road 26 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
303-829-4511 

WERTZ, LEONARD D. (M) 
R. 2 Box 8 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

WOLFE, KENNETH (M) 
R. 2 Box 112 
Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17963 



DUNKARD BRETHREN 
DEACONS 

Armstrong, Ellis 
Beam, Willard 
Beeman, Oscar 
Bittinger, Lester 
Blocher, Stephen 
Brooks, Marion 
Burkholder, Norman 
Burtner, Clair 
Carpenter, John 
Castle, Keith 
Cease, John 
Diehl, Forest 
Eberly, Marvin 
Flory, Claude I. 
Flory, Marvin 
Gehr, Clarence 
Gibbel, Jacob 
Gibbel, Levi 
Gilpin, Joseph 
Gunderman, Reinhold 
Heisey, Jan 
Jamison, Marian 



Jamison, Newton 
Jamison, Tom 
Kasza, Eugene 
Kegerreis, Harold 
Kline, Floyd 
Kreiner, Lowell 
Leatherman, Thomas 
Litfin, Doyie 
Longnecker, George H. 
Longnecker. George T. 
Lorenz, Carl 
Lorenz, Pete 
Marks, Charles 
Marks, Paul 
Meyers, Martin 
Meyers, Roy 
Miller, Levi H. 
Meyers, James 
Musselman, Harold 
Moss, Jerry 
Myers, Nelson E. 
Myers, Paul B. 
Newman, Dale 
Pike, Lowell 
Pike, Wayne 
Pletcher, Albert 
Reed, Carl E. 
Reed, Harold W. 
Reed, Kyle 
Reed, Leonard 
Reed, Nelson R. 
Reed, Oty 
Rice, S. P. 
Roedel, Daniel 
Royer, Nathan 
Ruff, Harvey 
Rupp, Denver 
Ruschaupt, John 
Sampson, George 
Sines, Virgil 
Sowers, Charles 
Stauffer, Edwin 
Stump, Delma 
St. John, Clifford 
Swihart, Roger 
Switzer, Charles 
Throne, George 
Throne, Harvey 
Welch, Chester 
Wertz, Ivon 
Wertz, Richard J. 
Wisler, John 
Wolfe, Verling 
Wyatt, Boyd 



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AUDITING 
COMMITTEE 

Paul E. Heisey 
R. 2, Box 55 
West Unity, Ohio 43570 
419-924-5192 

Rudy A. Shaffer 
R. 1, Box 193 

Manheim, Pennsylvania 17545 
717-665-7061 



GOSSIP, BOTH 

VERBAL AND 

BY MAIL 

A. Elders, other officials and all 
others are admonished that being 
busybodies in other men's matters, is 
contrary to the Scripture and it should 
not be indulged in, as it causes com- 
plaint and interference with the 
spiritual life and work of those con- 
cerned. This applies especially where 
there may be trouble in the church, 
both to local members and those else- 
where, talking and writing about such 
matters. 

B. When advice is sought of an 
official in any church matter he (the 
official) should be exceedingly careful 
in giving advice, so as not to interfer in 
any way with proper care of diffi- 
culties, by officials whose business 
they are. Elders and all others should, 
in seeking advice, begin at home when 
at all possible and be careful to pro- 
ceed regularly and in brotherly love. 

C. In correspondence, care should 
be exercised not to make statements 
that may be construed as derogatory 
to any member. If such things are 
done, full responsibility must be 
understood as being assumed by the 
writer. 

D. Caucusing, that is, the taking 
over and planning by groups, what to 
do or how to move in any particular 
matter is unprofitable, causative of 
distress and trouble and should not be 
indulged in by officials or anyone else. 



E. Talking or circulating of what 
was done in council, eitherto members 
who were not present or to outsiders, is 
irregular and unchristian and should 
not be indulged in. 



CIVILIAN 
SERVICE BOARD 

Ray R. Reed, Chairman 
Box 12 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3031 

Howard J. Surbey, Exec. Sec. 
749 West King St. 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-4272 

Charles Leatherman 
1-18158-H 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-6593 

Hayes Reed 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 
Modesto, California 95355 
209-523-2753 

Allen B. Eberly 
R. 3 

Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522 
717-354-9285 



RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Road 

Hughson, California 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 North Queen St. 

Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

717-359-5753 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5, Box 97 

Peru, Indiana 46970 

317-395-7879 



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SCHOOL 
ADVISORY BOARD 

James Kegerreis 
R. 1 Box 92 
Richland, Pennsylvania 17087 

William Carpenter 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 

Joseph E. Flora 
R. 3 
Adel, Iowa 50003 

Galen Litfin 
1314 E. 7th Street 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 

David L. Skiles 
R. 2 Box 8 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

LOCATION OF 
CHURCH HOUSES 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

Frystown House, located in 
Frystown, in northwestern Berks Co., 
one mile south of Route 78 and one 
mile west of Route 501. 

Milbach House, located halfway be- 
tween Kleinfeltersville and Newmans- 
town, in Lebanon Co. or halfway 
between Schafferstown and Womeis- 
dorf, Pennsylvania. 

BROADWATER CHAPEL, MD. 

From Cumberland, Maryland, travel 
west on National Freeway #48, 20 
miles to Lower New Germany Road 
Exit. Turn left or south under freeway 
three-tenths mile, turn right on Lower 
New Germany Road 3.8 miles, left on 
Westernport Road 3.8 miles, right on 
Savage Road 3.9 miles to church on 
left. 

From Morgantown, W. Va. area, 
travel east on National Freeway #48 to 
Lower New Germany Road Exit. Turn 
right three-tenths mile, turn right on 
Lower New Germany Road and follow 
above directions. 

Traveling east or west on U.S. Route 
#50 take U.S. Rt. #220 north, take 
Maryland Rt. #135 at McCoole (just 
north of Keyser, W. Va.) seven miles to 
Bloomington, Maryland. Turn right on 
Savage River Road, 12 1/ 2 miles to 
church on right. 



CLEARVILLE, PA. 

Wards Church, located 14 miles 
southwest of Everett, Pa., all improved 
roads. From Everett take Rt. 26 to 
Clearville, Pa. At Clearville straight 
ahead South, leaving Rt. 26, which 
turns right, one and one-half miles, 
then turn right at fork. Ward's Church 
is five miles on the left. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

Dallas Center is located on Rt. 44, 
twenty-four miles northwest of Des 
Moines. Turn south off of Rt. 44 on to 
Percival Ave. (first street west of R.R. 
tracks); the church is located 3 blocks 
south on the southeast corner of 
Percival and Ash Streets. 

DAYTON, VIRGINIA 

Turn west from Interstate 81 at 
Harrisonburg Exit #63. Go to second 
stop light, Rt. 42, turn left to Dayton, (3 
miles) right on Rt. 257, two blocks. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

Twelve miles north of Dayton, Rt. 
440 and Rt. 48 cross at the center of 
Englewood. Church house is located 
on the right of Rt. 48, one block north 
of this junction. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

Located on Green Road, one block 
north of County No. 130. Take U.S. 33 
or Indiana #15 to Goshen, turn west at 
Police booth. Four blocks beyond 
bridge, turn right on North Indiana 
Ave., one block turn left on W. Clinton 
St. One mile to Green Rd., right one 
block and church is located on east 
side of road. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Grandview Church is located 
south of Grandview. Take the west 
access road of 71 Highway 1 1 /2 miles 
south to 139th St., turn west, go to the 
second street and turn south one 
block. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

Coming from the South on Route 
501, turn right at the fourth stoplight in 
Lititz, when coming from the North 
turn left at the first stoplight, which is 
East Lincoln St. Go to first crossroad, 
turn right, go to second crossroad, 
turn right to brick church on the right. 

MECHANICSBURG, PA. 
CUMBERLAND CO. 
Located between Routes 15 and 11. 
The town is bisected by Rt. 114 into 



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East and West, and by Rt. 641 into 
North and South. The church is 
located on West Keller St., or corner of 
Keller and Washington St., four blocks 
west of Market St. or Route 114. 
Leaving the Pennsylvania Turnpike at 
the Carlisle interchange, Rt. 11 will 
lead east to Rt. 114. Leaving the 
Turnpike at Gettysburg interchange, 
Rt. 16 will lead west to Rt. 114. 
McCLAVE, COLORADO 

The Cloverleaf church is located 
one mile north of U.S. Highway #50, 
four miles west of McClave junction, 
or two miles east of Hasty, Colo., on 
U.S. #50 and then north one mile. 
MOUNTAINDALE, MD. 

Seven miles north of Frederick, in 
the little town of Mountaindale, Md., 
from east go through town to west on 
road from Lewistown to Yellow 
Springs, two miles from Lewistown 
and three miles from Yellow Springs. 
If traveling U.S. 15, this road crosses 
#15, half mile west of Lewistown and 
six miles south of Thurmont. 
PLEASANT HOME, CA. 

The Pleasant Home Church is 
located at 3960 Sharon Ave., Modesto, 
California. The Church's telephone 
number is 209-524-8634. 

Directions: From the South on High- 
way 99 take the Briggsmore Exit to the 
right and stay on Briggsmore Avenue 
to Claus Road (approximately six 
miles), turn left on Claus, one fourth 
mile to Sharon Avenue, left on Sharon 
Avenue. Church is on the left. Coming 
from the North on Highway 99 take the 
Briggsmore Exit, turn left and stay on 
Briggsmore and follow above 
directions. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

Located in Williams County, four 
miles west of West Unity, forty rods 
north of Rt. 20 alternate. Two miles 
east of junction of Ohio Route 15 and 
U.S. Route 20 alternate. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

Route 18 passes east and west 
through Converse. In Converse, turn 
south at stoplight and go three miles. 
Turn right on blacktop road and go 
five miles west to Plevna. Or go west 
of Converse on Rt. 18 for five miles, 
turn left and go three miles south. The 
Church is on west side of street near 
the square of Plevna. 



NEWBERG, OREGON 

Highway 99W enters Newberg in 
east-west direction. Those entering 
from the east on First St., go to third 
stoplight, turn right on North Main. Go 
four blocks to the church at corner of 
N. Main and Franklin Sts. Entering 
from the west, turn left at first stop 
light onto N. Main and go four blocks 
to the corner of Main and Franklin Sts. 
ORION, OHIO 

Located in northeastern Ohio, on 
Orion Road, one fourth mile west of 
State Rt. 8 at a point six miles north of 
Canton or one and one-half miles 
north of North Canton and 17 miles 
south of Akron. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

Located at the corner of Eighth 
Street and Main Street. 

S. FULTON, ILLINOIS 

Astoria, III., is located on Rt. 24, 
coming from east or west, turn south 
at the bank corner marked by the big 
clock. Two miles south and on the 
right at top of hill. 

WAYNESBORO, PA. 

Church is located in west side of 
town, on corner of Ridge and Third 
Streets. Turn south of Route 16 on 
Fairview Ave., go two blocks and turn 
left on Third Street, church house is 
one block. 

SHREWSBURY, PA. 

Fourteen miles south of York on Rt. 
111, at the north end of the town of 
Shrewsbury. 

SHALLOW FALLS, MD. 

Traveling U.S. Rt. 50, turn north at 
Red house, half way between Clarks- 
burg and Winchester, follow Rt. 219 to 
Oakland, there turn left on county 
road 20. The church is on Rt. 20, about 
nine miles north of Oakland. Traveling 
U.S. Rt. 40, turn south onto Rt. 219, at 
Keyser Ridge, follow Rt. 219 about 
four miles past Deep Great Lake, turn 
right on county road 20 at a store. 
The church is one and one-half miles 
Swallow Falls Park. 

WALNUT GROVE, MD. 

About midway between Frederick, 
Md. and Hanover, Pa. One-fourth mile 
east of Rt. 194, at an intersection three 
miles north of Taneytown, Md. 
W. FULTON, OHIO 

Near Wauseon, Ohio, located on 
U.S. Rt. 20 alternate, three and one- 



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half miles west of junction of Ohio 
Rt. 108 and U.S. Rt. 20 alternate. 
WINTERHAVEN, CA. 
Located in Cherry Valley. Go north 



of Beaumont on Beaumont Ave., go 
right on Brookside (marked with a 
Highland Springs sign) to Jonathan, 
left to Lincoln and right to the church. 



MISSIONS 



CLEARVILLE, PA. - In South Central 
Pennsylvania, about half-way between 
Everett on Rt. 30 and Piney Grove on 
Rt. 40. About six miles south of 
Clearville, Pa., along hard road a little 
east of Rt. 26. Services second, fourth 
and fifth Sundays, 10:00 a.m. 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 
Located southwest of Cuba, New 
Mexico, 23 miles. Turn on State High- 
way 197 in Cuba. Follow Rt. 197 for 
19 miles when you will take a 
paved road to the left. A mission sign 



marks this junction. Proceed 3 miles 
to the mission. Present personnel 
includes David and Mildred Skiles and 
family; Leonard and Ronda Wertz and 
family; Wayne and Vicki Burgess and 
family; Sarah Wilson; Mary Alice 
Skiles; Ruthie Flory; Paul Skiles and 
Dennis Meyers. Visitors would be wise 
to notify the Mission in advance. 
Address: R. 2 Box 8, Cuba, New 
Mexico 87013; Telephone - 505-842- 
5555, unit 3134. Please contact for 
further information. 



UNFAITHFUL MINISTER REBUKED 

A dying nobleman once sent for the clergyman on whose ministry 
he had attended, and said to him, "Do you not know that my life has 
been licentious? Yet you never warned me of my danger!" "Yes, my 
lord," was the answer, "your manner of living was not unknown to 
me; but your kindness, and my fear of offending you, deterred me 
f from reproving you." "How cruel! How wicked!" said the dying man. 
"You have neglected to warn and instruct me; now my soul will be 
lost." 



• •••••• 



HEEDLESS RULER 

A conspiracy was formed against the life of a ruler. A friend, 
hearing of it, sent a packet containing the remark: "Read it 
immediately for it contains serious matter." The doomed man was 
then at a feast and smilingly replied: "Serious affairs tomorrow," 
and putting the packet aside, continued his merriment. That night 
he was murdered. 



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DIRECTORY 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter. Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed. Secretary 

Box 12. Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3 Box 12, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Harley Rush 

R. 1. Converse, Indiana 46919 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg. Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

13062 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 



BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Howard J. Surbey, Chairman 

749 W. King St. 

Littlestown. PA 17340 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon. Ohio 43567 
Dean St. John 

1040 Hillsdale Road. R. 1 

Camden, Michigan 49232 
Warren C. Smith 

McClave. Colorado 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter. Chairman 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci Michigan 49256 



OF BOARDS 

Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisburg, Virginia 22801 
Warren C. Smith,' Treasurer 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, CA 95351 
Dennis St. John 

Rt. 1 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 



RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, CA 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 
Kyle Reed. Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 N Queen St. 

Littlestown, PA 17340 

717-359-5753 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5, Box 97 

Peru. Indiana 46970 

317-395-7879 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

R. 2 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Kyle Reed. Secretary 

R 1, Box 4 

Minburn. Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R 4. Defiance. Ohio 43512 






All contributions to the various Boards, 
should be made out to the Treasury. 
but sent to the Secretary for his records 



(USPS 054-780) 

BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL LXIV FEBRUARY 15, 1986 NO. 4 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 

Scriptural in practice. the world and preach the gospel. 

OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

COME, LET US SEARCH OUR WAYS AND SEE 

Come, let us search our ways and see, 
Have they been just and right? 
Is the great rule of equity 
Our practice and delight? 

What we would have our neighbor do, 
Have we still done the same, 
From others ne'er withheld the due 
Which we from others claim? 

Do we, in all we sell or buy, 
Integrity maintain? 
And knowing God is always nigh, 
Renounce unrighteous gain? 

Then may we raise our modest prayer 
To God, the just and kind; 
May humbly cast on him our care, 
And hope his grace to find. 

- I. Watts 



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"THE TIME IS NOT COME" 

Haggai 1:3 

Procrastination is a common habit among people. It is easier 
to put off doing something. When finally the task is done, there is 
a feeling that it should have been done sooner. Putting off tasks 
is not necessarily laziness but may bespeak fear of the unknown. 
There may be a fear of leaving what is comfortable in our lives to 
accomplish what should be done although it requires an extra effort. 

People in Haggai's day were no different than people today. They 
put off doing what should have been done. They chose to do the 
lesser thing rather than the best. People today make the same 
unwise decisions made throughout history. 

The people who returned from the Babylonian captivity faced 
many dangers and questions in getting resettled in their land. One 
of the first things they did was rebuild the foundation of theTemple. 
While it was not as grand as the former Temple, it was a beginning 
in re-establishing the worship of God. Although they made this 
good start they soon became more interested in their own affairs 
than God's. They lived in physically and economically challenging 
times. It was difficult for them to re-establish their lives in the 
nearly destroyed city and nearby towns. As they struggled to make 
a living and bring the land back into productiveness they began 
to think less of rebuilding God's House upon that foundation they 
had erected. 

God sent Haggai to plead with the leaders and the people. They 
had become more interested in their own homes than in God's. 
They had struggled. Now they were beginning to enjoy some fruits 
of their struggle. They had comfortable homes which were finished 
nicely. But the House of God remained unfinished. 

If they did not build upon that foundation, it would begin to 

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crumble. A foundation left to the elements without a building upon 
it will soon begin to lose its strength and eventually to crumble 
away. Unused Spiritual foundations may also crumble from disuse 
and inattention. So it is important to build upon the sure foundation. 
The foundational teachings of the Bible must be built upon by holy 
living and further study of God's Word. 

The foundation of the new temple was setting there unused. They 
were too busy with their own affairs to see their former effort 
would be for nought if not further used. Therefore they were be- 
ginning to suffer for their neglect. They planted much seed but 
received a light harvest. They had eaten well but were still hungry. 
They drank but were still thirsty. They put on clothes but could 
not keep warm. They labored to earn wages that were soon gone 
as if they had been put in a holey pocket. They worked at being 
prosperous but they weren't prosperous because they had failed to 
place God's House as a priority before their material prosperity. 

God could not bless material desires which were to be consumed 
upon themselves. All they could think about was how to get ahead 
financially. If they had had greater regard for God's demands 
upon their lives they would have had greater prosperity both Spirit- 
ually and materially. Could this be the reason there are so many 
Christians who can barely scrape by in this world? Are they too 
interested in their material well-being to consider God's prior claim 
upon them? Many Christians have pursued the "good life" until 
they are debt ridden and nearly bankrupt. They have made unwise 
decisions. Their most unwise decision was to put their desires 
ahead of God's. 

The leaders whom Haggai approached proved themselves to be 

f real leaders. They recognized the truth of his message. They and 

the people were willing to listen to Haggai unlike their ancestors 

who refused to listen to Isaiah, Jeremiah and the other prophets 

i who warned them of the Babylonian Captivity. These people had 

:been through that judgment so they were willing to listen when 

i God spoke to them through His prophet. They not only listened, 

I they were willing to work. It was not long until they returned to 

'the work needing to be done in the Lord's House. Any Christian 

may linger or falter in his duty. But if wise, when warned, he will 

make the necessary corrections. 

There should be no procrastination in our service for God. We 
must be found in the House of God at all of her appointed services 
and we must be found daily living for Him. We must make the 
right decision in choosing our priorities. We cannot pursue our 
own course and expect God's blessings. We must accept the 
foundation that is laid for us in His Word then build upon it. 

Might Haggai's warning to his people serve as a warning to us 
in the choices in our lives everyday. 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Contentment" 

Contentment is one of the most distinguishing traits of a "real" 
Christian because a godly person has his heart focused on God 
rather than on possessions or power or other things of this world. 
The inner resource will furnish riches far beyond those of an 
earthly nature. 

"Content" or "contentment" is usually translated as "sufficiency." 
The I Tim. 6:6 and II Cor. 12:9 scriptures use the same Greek 
word. 

A content person experiences the sufficiency of God's provision 
for his needs and the sufficiency of God's grace for his circum- 
stances. He understands that God will indeed meet all his material 
needs and that he will work in and through all circumstances of 
his life. The godly person has already found what the greedy and 
envious or discontented person is always searching for but never 
finds. He has satisfaction and rest in his soul. 

The idea of contentment in the Bible is usually associated with 
our possessions or money, but there are other areas of life in 
which we need to be content. After possessions, possibly the most 
common need is to learn contentment with our place in society or 
in the Body of Christ. We must also practice it in physical limitations, 
afflictions, deprivement, unpleasant living situations, trials and 
persecutions. These circumstances frequently cause the natural 
man to murmur and complain and to question the goodness of God. 

Remember, the first temptation in the history of mankind was 
the temptation to be discontent. God's provision for Adam and Eve 
was far beyond what they needed. He withheld only ONE thing 
from them to test their obedience... the tree used by Satan for the 
first sin. Satan used that one tree to tempt Eve and sow seeds 
of discontent in her heart. He questioned the goodness of God to 
Eve, and that is exactly what discontentment is... questioning the 
goodness of God. Satan tried the same strategy on Jesus in the 
wilderness and we can well take note that we will be tempted in 
the same ways. 

One of the strongest exhortations in the Word is to be content 
with our possessions. This helps us to guard against stealing, 
adultery and even murder. The lessons of Achan's covetousness 
and Gehazi's sin illustrates God's judgment on lack of content- 
ment. The spiritual danger of loving the things of this world is 
even greater than the judgment of a dreaded disease like AIDS or 
an untimely death. John teaches us clearly that if anyone loves 
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NOT a Christian? 

To gain contentment you will need much prayer, memorizing and 
meditating on God's Word. You will need a renewing of your mind. 
Ultimately, you will need the fervent work of the Holy Spirit, who 
alone can rework your attitudes and change your heart. 

How can you gain contentment? 1. LEARN TO FOCUS ON 
THE TRUE VALUES OF LIFE. Accept God's values and moral 
principles foremost in your life. 2. SERVE OTHERS. Avoid 
selfish ambition and reach out to touch other lives. 3. REMEMBER 
THAT ALL WE HAVE COMES FROM GOD. Contentment is under- 
standing that it is God who gives us ability, possessions, blessings. 
4. UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WILL BE DIFFERENT AMOUNTS 
OF WEALTH AND POSSESSIONS ACCORDING TO GOD'S 
SOVEREIGN WILL. Can we question God's will? 5. WITH THE 
PRIVILEGE OF POSSESSION COMES RESPONSIBILITY. (Luke 
12:48) 

Relative to position in the church... Paul wanted Christians at 
Rome to recognize that God has placed each of us in the body 
of Christ as it pleases Him. Our duty is not to decide what we 
want to be or to do, but to discover on the basis of our cap- 
abilities and gifts what God wants us to do and to be. Content- 
ment, here, lies not in being first, but in being FAITHFUL to 
fulfill the function which God has called us to be in within the 
Body. Remember, positions in the church are given by the 
sovereign grace of God... "according to our differing gifts." YOU 
ARE NOT WHERE YOU ARE BY CHANCE. Also, you do not 
DESERVE to be where you are if you are in a leadership position. 
It is by God's grace. Finally, remember that every single true 
Christian is important. This understanding will bring about content- 
ment in your life. 

Just as God has created different responsibilities in the church, 
so it is true in the "work-a-day world." Some are created to be 
farmers, some tradesmen, salesmen, bus drivers and so forth. We 
can be content in our work as God gives us grace. Does this 
mean we will never aspire to a more challenging or responsible 
job? No! If you don't violate God's will in moving up, God will 
bless that promotion. In fact, you have the Christian responsibility 
to pursue excellence in your work. Be faithful... but understand 
that that is not a guarantee of promotion. It will please God 
and that is ultimately most important. 

Accept that we live daily by God's unmerited favor, through 
Christ, and that we can respond to any situation by His divine 
care for us. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 



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THE BLESSINGS OF GOD 

Are we receiving the blessings of God in this life? We need 
to inherit the blessings of eternity. Christ brought for us a saving 
Gospel whereby we can be saved. When He was here on earth 
He taught by example and precept. Have we made Him our pattern? 

The Christian life is far above the ungodly and the sinner. Much 
is implied in becoming the children of God. We should not be 
tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine but stand steadfast on 
the solid rock Jesus Christ. Be steadfast, unmovable, always 
abounding in the work of the Lord, so much so that we know our 
labor is not in vain. 

"Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Blessed 
are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God." 
No blessing is recorded for the busy bodies and those who authorize 
strife. 

"Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted." Our 
trials and temptations here will only make us richer there if we 
endure faithful to the end. "Blessed are those that hunger and 
thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled. Blessed are the 
merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are those that are 
persecuted for righteousness sake for theirs is the kingdom of 
heaven." There is no reward for placing unjust hardships upon 
others "For the wages of sin is death" or destruction. "Blessed are 
ye when they shall revile against you and say all manner of evil 
against you for great is your reward in heaven for so persecuted 
they the prophets that were before you." We can think of many 
who suffered hardships in this life. Their trials are over. Our hope 
is to meet them on the peaceful shore. 

"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the council of the 
ungodly... nor siteth in the seat of the scornful but his delight is 
in the law of the Lord and in his law doth he meditate day and 
night." Then he can count his blessings, count them over and over 
but can never count them all. So many are the rich blessings 
of God. 

We need to receive the rich blessings of God's Word in this life 
to be qualified for the blessings of eternity. There is nothing in this 
life which can be compared to the riches of eternity. For those 
who become stumbling blocks to others there is no blessed reward. 

Blessed are they that do his commandments for they shall have a 
right to the tree of life and shall enter in through the gates into 
the eternal city where the walls are of jasper and the streets paved 
with pure gold, where is eternal joy, peace and happiness. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
5225 Sundial Loop 
Plant City, FL 33566 



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"GO AND SIN NO MORE" 

This was spoken to the woman who was brought by the scribes 
and Pharisees to Jesus to see what He would do in this case. 
"... and (Jesus) said unto them, He that is without sin among you, 
let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and 
wrote on the ground. And when they heard it, being convicted by 
their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the 
eldest, even to the last:... Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn 
thee: go, and sin no more." John 8:7-11. 

We who have confessed before God and many witnesses that 
Jesus is the Son of God and willingly renounce Satan with all his 
pernicious ways, and all the sinful pleasures of this world, also 
promised to live faithful unto death. Heb. 10:26 says, "For if we 
sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, 
there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." So those who do these 
things are in the hands of God. It is possible they may not be 
fully converted. 

The Bible tells about Peter. Jesus said unto him, when thou art 
converted then strengthen thy brethren. Again it says, Eph. 5:3, 
"But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not 
be once named among you, as becometh Saints." II Tim. 2:19b, 
"And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from 
iniquity." 

In the Old Testament, it is written about Joseph that he spoke 
to the woman who tempted him. He said how can I do this great 
evil and sin against God. The woman's side points to where Tamar 
said to Ammon, David's son "don't be a fool in Israel" but he 
would not take her councel. We should try to please Christ and 
hold our reputation up and our families and our Church. Also that 
our light shines bright to the world. Heb. 13:4 says, "Marriage is 
honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and 
adulters God will judge." It appears that young ones are not only 
ones at fault but the older ones as well. In the Bible this sin is one 
of the worse since man and woman were made. God's house is 
a house of order and everything should be done decently and in 
order. Our bodies are the temple of God so let's be careful in 
this matter as this is a very embarrassing thing to confess to, if 
we do these things, so let's think before we act, for actions speak 
louder than words. 

Paul Fridley 

RD#1, Lewisburg, OH 



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SINGING, WONDERFUL WORDS OF PRAISE 

The Bible exhorts us to praise the Lord in song and hymns, 
James 5:13; Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19; Acts 16:25. There are 
many hymns for many occasions, hymns of praise, hymns of 
repentance, hymns of salvation stained and blotted with the blood 
of Calvary, hymns of judgment of fire and indignation, hymns of 
eternal bliss and hymns of eternal destruction. 

Singing is more impressive than reading — it requires thought 
in the mind, action in the muscles, lips and tongue, music and 
meaning to the ears, vibrations to the emotions, heart and spirit. 
How important it is to sing and listen to meaningful and Godly 
hymns that impress and encourage us to live godly lives. We should 
sing such songs with a zest and a zeal, really mean to carry out 
the real meaning of the songs in our lives. It lifts us up on a 
higher spiritual plane, is pleasing to God (He is greatly to be 
praised), is an inspiration to the sinner, is an encouragement to 
the saints, gives us spiritual strength, physical blessing, inspiration, 
and peace. Singing and prayer are pleasing to God and He answers 
with His blessings. Many times when driving in adverse circum- 
stances of poor visibility I have sung hymns of praise in faith 
and soon the weather conditions would clear that I could see ahead. 
On one occasion Christ told the people if the people did not praise 
Him that the stones would cry out. 

People have failed God in Holy Praise. That praise has become 
destructive, modern music for the pride and praise of men that 
leads onto the broad way that is not pleasing to our Lord. They 
have removed regeneration, repentance, the shed blood and 
judgment of Christ from the modern hymnals, and what is left? 
It is a privilege to praise God and make a joyful animate praise 
to His Holy Name in song. It sounds nice to be able to carry the 
right tune, but it is not a must, we can praise Him even though the 
tune is off-beat. Parents should praise Him in song and life, 
and teach their children to praise Him also — not just sit. Sing out! 
Rejoice and receive the blessing. Glory Halleluiah! Praise His 
Name! Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns of praise at midnight 
loud and clear so the inmates of the prison heard and the doors 
and gates of the prison flew open. What would or will they do 
for us? How about our faith and our song? 

I have lately enjoyed looking at some old and now rare hymn 
books that have beautiful hymns which touched my soul. I will try 
to share them with the Bible Monitor readers. Hope you enjoy them. 



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God Give Us Homes 

God give us homes! 

Homes where the Bible is honored and taught; 
Homes with the Spirit of Christ in their thought; 
Homes that a likeness to Heaven have caught. 
God give us homes! 

God give us homes! 

Homes with the father in priest-like employ; 
Homes that are bright with a far reaching joy; 
Homes where no world-stain shall come to annoy. 
God give us homes! 

God give us homes! 

Where the mother is queen-like in love; 

Ruled in the fear of the Saviour above; 

Homes that to youth most inspiring shall prove; 

God give us homes! 

God give us homes! 

Homes where children to brighten the hours; 
Budding and blooming like beautiful flowers; 
Places of sunshine, sweet sanctified bow'rs. 
God give us homes! 

God give us homes! 

Lights in a world that is flooded with night; 
Daybeams to banish sin's chill and its blight; 
Pledge of a morning when wrong turns to light. 
God give us homes! 

Chorus: 

Home, home, sweet, sweet home, 

A likeness to Heaven, God give us such Homes. 

- To be continued 
Sister Ruth Snyder 



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THREE THINGS THAT ARE BETTER 

BETTER is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and 

trouble therewith. Proverbs 15:16. 
It is BETTER to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. 

Psalms 118:8. 
To obey is BETTER than sacrifice. I Samuel 15:22. 



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JUST ME 

Part 1 
I Corinthians 7 

"It's just me, Lord. I know I don't have so much to offer, being 
alone, but there's no one to share my life for now. It doesn't 
seem right this way, like something important is missing. Even so, 
I want to be what I should be, to be the best I can be. I want my 
life to count for Jesus. I want to be a whole person, not an 
insignificant non-person. Being married and having a family is 
fine, but for now, Lord, ... it's just me." 

Does this remind you of someone you know, or, is it you? 
Whether or not you have considered the matter, not everyone is 
married, nor can they be. There are several reasons for this, one 
being that women outnumber men. Some people choose not to 
marry, some just haven't found the right one, while others are 
widowed or divorced. These aren't voluntary positions, except for 
those who choose not to marry. Neither is it an ideal situation to 
be "just me" (unmarried) anymore than being married is always 
ideal. 

The ideal marriage relationship means you now have someone 
special to share with in serving the Lord, in good times and bad. 
Yet few relationships measure up to the God-ordained plan. Many 
marrieds are more alone than singles, more distressed, more 
burdened — why? Simply because of the many added responsi- 
bilities and failure of the spouse to carry his or her share of the 
load. Our needs can't be totally met by another person — we must 
depend on God — but some do not put into a marriage even what 
is possible. Then the marriage relationship becomes only a burden 
instead of a joy it should be. 

One person said concerning another, "If she would get married, 
it would solve all her problems." On the contrary, it might just 
create a whole new set of problems. Getting married isn't an escape 
route; it's a responsibility. It is not a problem-solver, a cure-all 
or a preventive. I Cor. 7:28 says "But and if thou marry, thou hast 
not sinned; ...Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh." 
It is not reality to think marriage will solve everything. 

Do you still think it's always better to be married? The norm 
has been that once you are an adult, you are expected to marry 
and have children. If you don't, there's something wrong with you. 
But, is there? The fact is God's Word does not support that 
reasoning. The second fact is God can provide a fulfilled life 
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being single and everything about it can be right, especially if that 
is God's plan for your life. The third fact is it is far better to be 
single, to wait for the right one, than to get in a hurry and marry 
just for the sake of being married. The frustrations you experience 
as a single is as nothing compared to the grief of one who is 
unhappily married. 

It is fine to want a home of your own, but there's one thing you 
should want more. It is God's will for your life. The Apostle Paul 
wrote, "For I would that all men were even as myself. But every 
man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another 
afterthat. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for 
them if they abide even as I... And unto the married... (in my words) 
stay that way!" (I Cor. 7:7-13) Whatever your status, whatever 
your responsibility, God's will should come first. If you have a 
choice to make, whether to stay single or marry, consider God's 
will for you personally, then do as He directs. 

Some say, "Singles have it made! They should enjoy it while they 
can!" This is true to a point, but whether you are single or married, 
you'll have problems. Being "just me" does have some advantages, 
such as more time to serve the Lord in special ways and being free 
to come and go. But being single doesn't mean freedom from 
responsibility. It simply means there will be different ones, and the 
priorities will differ also. A single needs to use his or her talents 
just as much as anyone else. While a single does enjoy a special 
freedom, that freedom is not an excuse to be idle or irresponsible. 

-To be continued 
Sister Eileen Broadwater 

THE SWORD THAT DIVIDES 

Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and 
sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing 
asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a 
discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." 

Although the New Testament was, of course, not in existence 
when the writer of Hebrews penned these words, we believe that 
the Holy Spirit had this in mind especially when it was recorded. 
For we know that the Bible is the written word of God. (It does 
not CONTAIN the word of God as the liberals teach.) But John 1:1 
tells us that Jesus Christ is also the Word. We do not believe you 
can separate the written word from the living Word. The Old 
Testament was given as the schoolmaster. But Galatians 3:25 tells 
us, "But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a school- 
master." This does not mean that the Old Testament is not truth 
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It is no longer popular to think of the Bible as a sword. Yet 
Ephesians 6:17 tells us, "And take the helmet of salvation, and the 
sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Our study verse 
tells us that it is "sharper than any (earthly) two edged sword." 
There are those who would like to dull the sword. They come up 
with such sayings as "It does not matter what you believe, just so 
you believe," and "Doctrine divides but the Spirit unites." Another 
popular one is, "We can have unity in diversity." We heard an 
individual say one time, "Your Holy Spirit does not always say the 
same thing as my Holy Spirit." (This may not be a direct quote.) We 
do not believe the individual meant exactly what he said, but it does 
raise an interesting question. Does the Holy Spirit lead into several 
different truths or into ALL truth? John 16:13 tells us, "Howbeit 
when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all 
truth:..." We acknowledge that this was spoken especially to the 
apostles, but we believe it has something to say about the work 
of the Holy Spirit in our lives. 

There are other individuals who would like to shorten the sword. 
Our study verse tells us the word of God is "piercing even to the 
dividing asunder of soul and spirit." We believe this speaks of 
spiritual things. It is very important that we accept the cardinal 
doctrines of Holy Scripture. There are not many ways to Heaven 
as some would have you believe. The only way to Heaven is 
through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. It is not enough merely to 
use the NAME of Jesus Christ. A false teacher by the name of 
Maharaj Charan Singh Ji quotes Christ and His sayings from Holy 
Scripture but twists them to prove "inner light" and reincarnation 
in the place of a salvation experience. He then states, "There may 
be a difference in our interpretations, there may be difference in 
our understanding, but there cannot be two paths leading to His 
house. If we seek Him within, we will find the same path — that is 
of sound, that is of light. And if we search Him outside, everybody 
has his own path. They cannot come together. So only on the 
spiritual basis, on the spiritual platform we can come together." 
This sounds pretty good, does it not? But let us look at the 
sentences which precede this. "You see, it's a very common logic. 
If the Lord is one and He's within every one of us, and we have 
to search that Lord within our body, the path leading to that 
destination, to our home, cannot be two. Everybody has same eyes, 
same nose, same mouth, same hands — everybody is looking alike. 
So it is impossible to think, for a human conception even to think 
about this thing — that for Christians there can be a different 
path leading to the Lord's house — for a Hindu, for a Sikh or 
Muslim, there can be a different path leading to Him." This false 
teacher would fit right into the modern ecumenical movement! 



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Next we find in our study verse that the word of God is a divider 
of "the joints and marrow." We believe this speaks of human or 
earthly things. In place of the division found in the Word of God, 
the vast majority of those today in the earthly church would divide 
the Bible into "essentials and non-essentials." While we are willing 
to allow God to "draw the line" on who enters Heaven and who will 
not, we believe EVERYTHING that is in the word of God is of 
utmost importance. There are some ABSOLUTES such as the 
virgin birth, vicarious atonement, and bodily resurrection which 
are necessary to be believed for salvation. But they are not more 
important than anything that God has spoken! 

The last part of our study verse tells us the word of God "is a 
discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." It is much 
easier to use the sword on others than to allow the Holy Spirit to 
"operate" on us with it. But the Church will never have true power 
and we can not have real peace with God until we allow this to 
happen. God knows our very thoughts. There is nothing we can 
hide from Him. We can hide a sin from the Church, from our 
neighborhood, and perhaps even from our family. But we can hide 
nothing from God! 

If you have never come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ 
allow God, through His written and Living Word, to bring you to 
this point. Eternity is in the balance of your decision. 

James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

February 15, 1926 

THE CHURCH OF PHILADELPHIA 

J. H. Beer 

"And to the angel of the Church in Philadelphia write; these 
things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of 
David, he that openeth and no man shutteth and shutteth and no 
man openeth. I know thy works: behold I have set before thee an 
open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and 
hast not denied my name. Behold I will make them of the synagogue 
of satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, 
I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to 
know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of 
my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, 
which shall come upon the world to try them that dwell upon the 
earth. Behold I come quickly: hold that fast, which thou hast, 



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that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a 
pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and 
I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the 
city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out 
of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 
He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the 
churches." This letter to the angel (elder) of the church in 
Philadelphia, represents Jesus Christ, as the Alpha and Omega of 
salvation. "I have set before thee an open door, and no man can 
shut it, for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and 
hast not denied my name." Here are two conditions that are 
fundamental to salvation: Keeping (obeying) his word and not 
denying his name. (Heb. 5:9; II Tim. 2:12) Any individual or system 
of religion that compromises or supresses any part of Christ's 
teaching is a dangerous system, and cannot be accepted by the 
followers of Christ. He has set before the church an open door 
(opportunity) to both teach and obey the whole Gospel, to do 
otherwise is to invite him to close the door. There is no justifiable 
reason why any individual or church should refuse to obey the 
teachings of Jesus Christ, verse 13, "He that hath an ear to hear let 
him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches." (Rev. 22:18-19) 
Neither add to, nor take from, these things "saith he that is holy, 
he that is true." "In Him was no sin", no doubt of any kind, other- 
wise he could not have saved us from our sin. (I Pet. 1:19) "But with 
the precious blood of Jesus, as a lamb without blemish and without 
spot." Christ is also true in contrast with those of verse 9, "Who 
are of the synagogue of satan, who say they are Jews, and are not 
but do lie." They claimed to be his true worshipers but were not; 
they had not kept his word or confessed his name. You cannot 
deceive him who is the truth; false professors have no chance with 
him. He is the true heir to the throne of David. (Luke 1:32) He now 
has power to open and shut the door into heaven, for he has the 
keys of death and hell." (Rev. 1:18) "I am he that liveth and was 
dead, and behold I am alive forevermore; amen, and have the keys 
to death and hell." The claim that the Pope has the keys is a 
delusion. Jesus now lives and says he has the keys. Do you believe 
it? Let us notice verse 10: "Because thou hast kept the word of 
my patience I will also keep thee from the hour of temptation 
which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon 
the earth." Here is a promise of Christ's keeping power over his 
faithful ones in the hour of temptation. Those who have obeyed 
his word. This may be the trying time when there seems to be a 
world wide unrest, and a desire for a social, theatrical entertaining, 
compromising kind of religion. Pastors and preachers are trying 
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with the world. They love the praise of men more than praise of 
God. Dear brother and sister, can you stand true to Jesus Christ, 
and his word when the great multitudes by their actions are saying 
crucify Him? Are you ready to meet the crisis when the hour of 
trial comes? Verse 11 says, "Behold I come quickly, hold fast that 
which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." 

This church has the opportunity and so you have the opportunity 
to hold fast to Jesus Christ; let no man take thy crown. Many will 
fail to receive the crown because they choose to follow the teaching 
of men, rather than the teachings of Christ. God has given you 
the opportunity to witness for him. Will you fail him? If you must 
lose everything else, hold fast to the word of God. There never was 
a time when the church needed faithful men to cry aloud against 
the evils and sinful things that are creeping into the church than 
just now. You may be censured for doing so. You might be evil 
spoken of, but preach the word. This church represents the true 
and faithful followers of Jesus Christ. "Blessed are they that do 
his commandments that they may have a right to the tree of life, 
and may enter in thru the gates into the city." Salvation is a 
personal matter, let no man deceive you. 

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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
MARCH 1986 

March 2- Godliness and Contentment- I Timothy 6:1-11. 

1. What should be our attitude toward those we work with? 
I Tim. 2:1-2. 

2. What brings discontentment? James 5:1-6. 

March 9 - The Good Fight Of Faith - I Timothy 6:12-21. 

1. What kind of battle are we fighting? Eph. 6:12. 

2. What part does the rich play in this struggle? I Tim. 6:17-18. 

March 16 - An Holy Calling - II Tim. 1:1-18. 

1. What type of people are called? I Cor. 1:26-29. 

2. How may we prepare for His calling? Eph. 1:18. 

March 23 - Enduring All Things - II Tim. 2:1-14. 

1. What things are we called on to endure? James 1:12. 

2. Will endurance save us? Matt. 10:22. 

March 30 - The Resurrection - Matt. 28:1-20. 

1. Did some of the Old Testament people believe in the 
Resurrection? Job 19:25-26. 

2. Who is the Power of the Resurrection? Rom. 8:11. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR MARCH 1986 

March 2 - Ignorance - Isaiah 1:1-9; Isaiah 59:1-8; I Peter 1:13-16. 

1. What was Isaiah's complaint against the children of Israel? 
Rom. 10:3. 

2. What was the sin of the people of Athens? Acts 17:22-23. 
March 9 - Love - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. 

1. Whom are we to love the most? Deut. 6:5. 

2. What is the test of true Discipleship? John 13:35. 

March 16 - Values - Joshua 24:13-15; Jeremiah 5:1-4; Rev. 3:14-22. 

1. The young man who came to Jesus got his values mixed up. 
Matt. 19:16-22. 

2. Where should we place our values? Matt. 16:26. 

March 23 - Our Prayer Life - Daniel 6:10; II Chronicles 7:12-15; 
Matthew 7:7-11; Romans 8:26-34; Matthew 26:40-44. 

1. When should we pray? Luke 18:1. 

2. How should we pray and when? Matt. 6:5-6. 
March 30 -The Meaning of Easter- Mark 16:1-20. 

1. Why is it so important to believe in Christ's Resurrection? 
John 11:25. 

2. What promise is given to those who believe in Him? John 5:23. 



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VOL LXIV MARCH 1, 1986 NO. 5 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 

Scriptural in practice. the world and preach the gospel. 

OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

OBEDIENCE 

When Jesus Christ was here below, 
He taught his people what to do: 
And if we would his precepts keep, 
We must descend to washing feet. 

The Lord who made the earth and sky 
Arose, and laid his garments by, 
And washed their feet, to show that we 
Should always kind and loving be. 

Peter said, "Lord, it shall not be, 
Thou shalt not stoop to washing me." 
O that no Christian here may say, 
I'm too unworthy to obey. 

You call me Lord and Master too; 
Then do as I have done to you; 
All my commands and counsels keep, 
And show your love by washing feet. 

Ye shall be happy if ye know, 
And do these things by faith below; 
And I'll protect you till you die, 
And then remove you up on high. 

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FEETWASHING 

As the Apostles were preparing to eat the evening meal in the 
Upper Room, Jesus interrupted them with a new activity. "He 
riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, 
and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and 
began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel 
wherewith he was girded." John 13:4-5. 

These were simple acts, all. These acts are so simple that they 
could be easily duplicated. The disciples present that evening 
were able to duplicate them in their lives and ministries. Christians, 
today, are easily able to repeat the very same acts. There is 
nothing hard about doing any of these deeds. They are acts done 
repeatedly in everyday lives. But, it seems very difficult for many 
people, even professing Christians, to do these acts as a Spiritual 
activity. 

Why, should any object to doing these activities? Because they 
lack humility. Humility has been cast away by the modern practice 
of self-assertiveness, independence, and pride. 

Humility is necessary to carry out this ordinance. There is a 
need of humility for one to kneel down to wash another's feet. This 
is a service that could be unpleasant, for the feet may be very dirty, 
either literally or figuratively. Pride has to go to wash another's 
feet, for the one kneeling down has placed himself at the other's 
service and under his control. Men are quick to think and say that 
they are as good as any other but contrariwise the thinking should 
be that the other is as good as he is. Everyone has the same 
standing and potential before God; especially every Christian. So it 
should not be difficult to serve the other. 

Humility is necessary because one must be willing to humble 
himself to do what Jesus has commanded. Feetwashing was not e 

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one time event. Jesus washed and wiped His disciples' feet as an 
example for Christians of all ages. "If I then, your Lord and 
Master, have washed your feet: ye also ought to wash one another's 
feet." Jesus did wash their feet so there is no question but what He 
commanded them to continue this ordinance. Not only ought they 
to do it but the Church throughout the Gospel age should observe 
it. Should it take a great humility to do what is so plainly taught 
by both word and deed? 

Jesus does not leave the matter to just observing the ordinance 
for humility's sake. He also promises a blessing for those who do 
it. The blessing is not promised to those who argue against the 
ordinance nor those who would substitute a good deed for the 
actual rite of feetwashing. The blessing was promised for actually 
carrying out of what Jesus had given a literal example. 

Jesus had sent some ahead to prepare the meal. Now as He 
and His companions were just ready to partake of that meal spread 
on the table, He rose from His seat. The last meal with His 
followers was to be special. He laid aside His outer garment. He 
wanted no impairment in performing this new rite. He next girded 
Himself with a towel of sufficient length to go around His waist. 
Jesus thought of everything necessary to carry out the ordinance. 
He was not going to leave them with wet feet. He was going to 
dry them with this towel. He poured water into a basin so He could 
wash their feet. 

They did not comprehend just what He was doing. This was not 
the usual custom of washing feet dirty from daily activities. If it 
had been that custom each man would have washed his own feet 
at the door when they came in. Their feet were not physically 
dirty. Instead He was washing their feet as a sign of Spiritual 
cleansing. When Peter protested, Jesus told him it was necessary 
for Him to wash his feet if he were to have a part with Jesus. 

Jesus served them as a servant. He clearly identified Himself as 
their Lord and Master, yet He was willing to humble Himself to 
provide this service for them. 

As they faintly realized what He was doing, they no longer 
protested His action. Peter was so enthusiastic that he wanted his 
hands and head also washed. But the humility was in washing 
feet not the more honorable parts of the body. 

Although feet washing is an ordinance showing service and 
humility, it does not stand alone. It is a part of a greater service. It 
is preparatory for the Supper and the bread and the cup. All parts 
are necessary to please the Heavenly Father who has given us these 
ordinances. They are for our good, which we realize after we 
have humbled ourselves and done them. 

Jesus washed His disciples' feet as a servant. Can you likewise 
humble yourself to wash another's feet? 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"way down.... on your knees" 

Humility is a quality that Christ requires of every Christian. 
Although He is exalted and without sin, we are base and must 
understand our position before Him as well as before other 
Christians. Now I am not calling us to a bad attitude about our- 
selves but to a proper self-esteem as ordained by God's Word. 

Not only does God command humility in us but Jesus showed 
the ultimate in submission and humility when He became obedient 
to death on the cross. (Phil. 2:8) Remember, too, that He was born 
in the most humble of circumstances to humble parents. He saw 
Himself as a servant and He stooped to wash the disciples' feet. 
And even as Christ was richly and eternally blessed in these actions, 
so we are promised great and wonderful rewards through our 
obedience in humility. God says He will "esteem us"... "give us 
grace"... "lift us up"... and "exalt us." Humility is the media on 
which the rest of our Christian life grows. It is the essential element. 

Humility is shown by us in our relationship with God, with our- 
selves and with others. We are to be humble toward God and His 
word, humble in regard to blessings and trials, humble in regard to 
our abilities and achievements and in our relationships with other 
Christians. 

Humility might well be compared to fearing God. It begins with 
a very high view of God's person and an understanding, in awe, 
of His holiness and majesty. There is no time that man came in 
contact with God in the Scripture that he was not brought low and 
humble in His presence. Moses bowed to the ground and worshiped 
Him. Isaiah cried out, "Woe is me!" John fell at His feet as 
though dead. 

Our humility before God has its genesis in our relationships 
with other people. When our relationships with other Christians 
are good and when we esteem others as better than ourselves, 
then we can humble ourselves before God and receive His blessings 
for the right perspective and attitude in our lives. Even as others 
mistreat us and circumstances become difficult to handle, yet we 
are to humbly accept them and practice humility in those relation- 
ships. 

To be humble before God is to highly esteem His Word. We can 
look at King Josiah in the book of II Kings and see a man who 
trembled at the word of God, thus his heart was responsive, he 
acknowledged the sin of his people and God heard him. He didn't 
dispute God's word, he simply obeyed it. Our attitude toward the 
Bible must be similarly humble. As we search the Scriptures, we 



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must allow them to search us... to look in judgment on our character 
and our conduct. The Word is not just a source of knowledge 
about God, it is His personal message to us about His will for our 
daily lives. 

Even our beliefs should be held in a spirit of true humility. 
Sometimes we flaunt them so irreverently and dogmatically that we 
gain a "superiority complex" from them. We might very well not 
be the depository of the sum total of all God's teachings and we 
can humbly accept and reflect on those things the Spirit has 
revealed to us. We can praise Him for an opportunity to serve 
in obedience. 

Humility in regard to our gifts, abilities and attainments is 
absolutely necessary. We should stand in awe of God... the giver of 
these gifts. We, of ourselves, are not wiser or more blessed as 
we express our God given talents, but we are only reflections of 
the One who has created us. God's grace is all important here. 
Every ability comes from God and has been given to be used in 
serving Him. Even the "hard work" that we hear about that elicites 
achievement is a gift from God. As Paul declared in I Corinthians... 
"But by the grace of God I am what I am..." 

Does submission mean to always give in to the demands or 
opinions of others? I don't believe so. It does mean that we 
should submit to instructions as well as correction from other 
believers and that we should be teachable or to be humble enough 
to admit we have erred when another believer corrects us. Peter 
provides us with an example of submitting to the correction of 
another believer. When Paul came to Antioch, he found it necessary 
to rebuke Peter because of his hypocrisy regarding the Gentile 
Christians. Paul's rebuke was severe and it was done before other 
believers. In a later letter, Peter calls Paul "our dear brother" and 
speaks of Paul's letters as part of the divinely inspired writings of 
the Word of God. Peter had accepted Paul's rebuke and humbly 
submitted himself to the correction of another believer, even though 
that believer was "younger in the Lord" than he. 

Humility is not only submission but it is also serving one another. 
Jesus showed us His serving as He washed the disciples' feet and 
the Word would indicate that He will still be serving us in eternity. 
(Luke 12:37) The server can expect many blessings for his service. 

Finally, humility is shown in honoring others. Do we expect the 
honour or are we free to give the credit to another? Our answer to 
that question might well determine our understanding of humility. 

Allow Christ to renew your mind. Confess prideful ways and be 
sensitive to the convicting spirit of God. Humbly submit to Him, 
serve Him with a right spirit of humility. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 



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JUST ME 

Part 2 

Singles have many needs which are common to all. They need 
to be included in various activities, and not made to feel like a fifth 
wheel. They need to be loved and accepted as they are. One single 
said, "Sometimes I feel like I'm just a nobody unless, and until, 
I marry." It is us married people who often make singles feel like 
misfits, hardly a Christian attitude toward them. Single or married, 
as believers we are part of God's family and should treat each other 
as such. If we love and respect each other as we should, we help 
each other to be better persons in Christ. 

One who was single many years and is now married, said, 
"Sometimes unbelievers accept singles better than the Church 
does." Singles need to be accepted, to be included, to be loved and 
wanted. One young sister, new to a certain area, was ignored and 
excluded by her Church-going peers. She couldn't bear the hurt 
and loneliness, and eventually sought friends elsewhere to her 
own detriment. We are very selfish when we ignore our single 
friends. It hurts not to be included, and especially so when singles 
exclude other singles. Shame on us for our thoughtlessness and 
lack of Christian love! 

Some of the frustrations of being single are: criticism of their 
lifestyle by married people, being the only single in a group of 
couples, and so forth. One single said the most frustrating part 
was a feeling of being less than whole. Those of us who are married 
ought to be sensitive to the special needs of our single friends. We 
ought to avoid criticizing and let God do the directing. We should 
appreciate singles for what they are, a whole person, complete in 
Christ, and let them know it! Singles need to know someone 
cares, just as much as others do. 

What is there in life for a single? They will find satisfaction in 
their jobs, but that's only one part. Every single needs to get 
involved in life now. Now is the time to seek God's guidance and 
look for ways to help others. Now is the time to witness and serve, 
to do something special for someone else. Now is the time to be 
sensitive to the needs of others, and share their joys and sorrows. 
Now is the time to be content and say with Paul, "For I have 
learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Phil. 4:11. 

Especially, now is the time to tend to your own spiritual needs. 
Bible study can be difficult alone, and might be easier if you had 
someone special to share with, but personal time alone with God 
is still needful. Besides, being married doesn't guarantee one will 
have someone to share spiritual things with. It does help to have 
a time of fellowship with a friend, but whatever you do, don't neglect 



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your spiritual life. You need a close relationship with the Lord 
just as much as anyone else so you will have strength to cope with 
the challenges of life. 

Some singles among us must live so because of some very 
unfortunate situation. Some are divorced, some are widowed, but 
all need our love and consideration. When a person is alone, 
whatever the reason, he or she needs other Christians. There is 
a need to be accepted, loved and encouraged (this need is common 
to all people), and to have times of fellowship besides time spent 
at worship services. An invitation to lunch, an evening visit or some 
other way of sharing some time would be welcome, and says 
'I care'. This is the message we need to convey. 

Where there is a problem situation such as a family problem, we 
tend to withdraw and criticize, when we should be helping that one 
go on to better things. This person's need ought to touch our 
hearts, rather than our "criticism button." It would be far better for 
all concerned if we didn't have such difficulties to deal with, but 
they're here and it's wrong to ignore them. There is a need in 
times of trouble for Christian compassion and shame on us if all 
we do is criticize! When someone is left alone, our compassion is 
needed even more. 

Our attitude towards others and whether or not we really care 
is important in all relationships. Whether or not someone is single, 
be it by choice or by 'chance', that should not affect our attitude 
toward them. We need to have the same loving, caring spirit 
toward all. If we treat people with indifference, and are not 
sensitive to their needs, we are in effect rejecting them. However 
it comes, rejection hurts and the scars may never go away. Singles 
need to care about singles as well as married couples, and married 
couples need to be just as concerned about their single friends as 
about their married ones. 

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all 
these things shall be added unto you." Matt. 6:33. Whatever your 
status in life, God should come first. Then He will add whatever 
is needful and good. Whether you are "just me" or part of a larger 
unit, God has a purpose for you. May you look to Him for direction 
in your life. 

••••••••••••a********* 

My special thanks to the ones who contributed to this series 
on the needs of singles. Together, we hope you, the reader, 
will stop and think about your relationship to your single 
friends. Consider their needs, their hopes and dreams, and do 
what you can to encourage them in Christ. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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AN UNANSWERED QUESTION 

We quote Proverbs 27:4, "Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous;" 
(these two sins are well known with their definitions) "but who is 
able to stand before envy?" 

We have to turn back to Genesis 4:3-8 for a setting. Two 
brothers, Cain, the eldest, a tiller of the ground and Abel, his 
brother, a keeper of sheep, brought the firstling of his flock to offer 
a sacrifice unto the Lord. (Giving a sacrifice unto the Lord was an 
inherited gift.) If you had eaves-dropped on their conversation 
what would you have learned? Sad! Love had not began to grow. 
The Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering. The shedding 
of blood is the perfect sacrifice. It was God's choice. It was His 
Sovereign will to accept a blood sacrifice. Cain was wroth and his 
countenance fell. "If thou doest well shalt thou not be accepted? 
and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door, and unto thee his 
desire, and thou shalt rule over him." Cain talked with Abel his 
brother; they were in the field, then Cain rose up against his brother 
and slew him. 

We are thinking of Jacob's family. Twelve brothers in whom we 
don't see much love for one another. The younger boy Joseph was 
Jacob's favorite son. Envy entered to destroy the family. God took 
care of Joseph and made him a blessing. 

Generations come and go but evil came to King Saui in the 
defeat of Goliath by David. "Saul hath slain his thousands and 
David his ten thousands." God blest David and gave him the 
kingdom. The evil spirit ruled in the heart of Saul all of his life. 

Envy is a deadly sin. Solomon said in Proverbs 14:30 "A sound 
heart is the life of the flesh; but envy is the rottenness of the 
bones." It is a bone disease, inherited from Cain. 

We see parents teach children war and to take advantage of 
their playmates. Toy guns and other war material tend to keep the 
war spirit alive to curse the human race. 

"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" 
Jesus gave us the cure for all sin, and to put away sin for ever. In 
Him is no sin. If we apply the Gospel cure we have the assurance 
of full Salvation. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in 
that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8. 

Abel was the first to die for the sin of envy. Jesus stood before 
Pilate who said, "take ye him, and crucify him; for I find no fault 
in him." Jesus accepted the sentence for He knew that for envy 
they had delivered Him. 

Brother L. A. Shumake 



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THE CHURCH 

Through a great concern for the Churdh I would like to express 
a few thoughts. We are living in a time of much confusion. God 
has permitted me to live a good many years, to see many changes. 
Faithful Brethren and Sisters labored for the Church until God 
called the<n Home, then the younger ones coming on take up the 
work, and faithfully stand on the Word of God. 

We need never be ashamed to stand for God's Word, for it shall 
stand. 

"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass 
away." Matt. 24:35. In our day there are many ways and means to 
destroy God's Word. We must be aware of Satan's devices to 
destroy the Church, but our God is all power. "Ye are of God, little 
children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is 
in you, than he that is in the world." I John 4:4. May God help 
us to be humble. Many seek to be exalted in this world. 

A very serious and sobering thought to me is found in this 
scripture. "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which 
no man shall see the Lord:" Hebrews 12:14. We need to pray for 
one another and love one another with a true heart... Jesus will 
never leave nor forsake His own. Our greatest hope will be to stay 
by God's word, with much prayer for guidance. "Trust in the Lord 
with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." 
Prov. 3:5. 

In the early church there was much persecution. Many gave their 
lives for Jesus' sake. Such persecution we have not experienced 
as yet. 

The Apostle Paul was commending his apostleship when he said, 
"Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in neces- 
sities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I 
am weak, then am I strong." II Corin. 12:10. "I beseech you 
therefore, brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your 
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your 
reasonable service." Rom. 12:1. 

May God help us to be faithful till the end is my prayer. 

A charge to keep I have, 
A God to glorify, 
A never dying soul to save, 
And fit it for the sky. 

Sister Clara Gunderman 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

"SUBDUE THE EARTH" 
B. F. Masterson 

When God created man, he blessed them, and said, "Be fruitful 
and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it." 

The creation is composed of three great spheres of existence, 
the world of matter, the animal world and the world of spirit as 
represented by man. This constitutes all the universe known to us. 
In man, the image of his Creator, the climax of God's creative 
power was reached. In man he placed a dominating power over the 
animal world and matter. 

I am impressed with the thought that man is to subdue the earth. 
The exertion of power to bring the earth in permanent subjection 
to him and thus furnish him a legitimate living of pleasure and 
honor. 

The word "subdue" does not only imply a struggle but also an 
opposing element so that one has to depend on his own resources 
for existence hence when one starts out in life he should not 
become dismayed when his bark is tossed to and fro on life's 
troubled sea, for the space between the individual and that of an 
honest living must be occupied by labor. "Labor has its sure 
reward." 

We often hear the expression, "The world owes me a living." 
The earth owes one a living to the extent that he exerts body and 
mind to subdue it. He who is physically and mentally able, and 
does not strive towards making a living to him the world owes 
absolutely nothing. "If any man would not work neither shall he 
eat." II Thess. 3:10. 

The earth was created to serve man providing he will do his part 
in subduing it — for instance, artificial light was produced by means 
of a bowl with oil and wick in it, called a lamp, from the beginning 
until within the last hundred years, then gas and coal oil was 
discovered, and later electricity which far exceeds any other means. 
This was brought about by bringing material under subjection. I 
suppose that Adam rode on as fine a steed as ever galloped on 
the earth and our forefathers galloped along in the same style until 
within a hundred years carriages were introduced, later cars pro- 
pelled by steam power on rails, and now man transports himself 
and family on automobiles. How was this change brought about? 
By the exertion of body and brain. 

The same with nautical transportation. Our forefathers in crossing 
the ocean two hundred years ago suffered great hardships being on 
the water for months and now the trip is made in a few days, but 
more remarkable is the airplane that carries its passengers on wings 



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above and across the waters in hours. Is this the fulfillment of 
prophecy? "And there shall be no more sea." 

Not many years ago, by means of peculiar net work of wires, 
cities, states and nations were brought within speaking distance. 
Later the wireless system was invented and now radio has been 
discovered by which means one can hear speeches and music at 
great distances. The labor saving machinery invented for manu- 
facturing and agricultural purposes illustrates the superior God 
given power to man to subdue the earth and makes it subservant 
to himself. Man is the connecting link between the world of matter 
and the spiritual. "The first man is of the earth earthy; the second 
is the Lord from heaven." In the heart of man heaven and earth 
meets. Man in his regenerated state looks down on what he has 
achieved, with satisfaction and looks up to Him who has created 
him, in humble subjection and in a worshipful spirit. The first 
involves the mortal life, the second eternal life. 

Man is a dual person, composed of flesh (matter) and spirit. 'The 
flesh lusteth against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh and 
these are contrary the one to the other." The passion of the flesh, 
the lust of the eye and the pride of life proceed from the earthly 
and as we are commanded to subdue the earth to make it our 
servant, so are we also commanded to subdue these evil inclinations 
that proceed from the flesh, to be servants of the Lord, and it 
requires a greater conflict to bring these sinful passions under 
subjection than for man to subdue the earth. 

As men through scientific processes has embellished, enriched 
and made the earth commodious for him to dwell in, so our creator 
wants man to beautify character for his glorification and for the 
benefit of our fellows, and it requires no less a scientific process 
to attain to a pure and holy standard of living than the first. 

But its oppositeness to worldly knowledge is so marked that 
Christ was made to say, "strait is the gate and narrow is the way, 
which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it." And Paul 
warned the Colossians to take heed lest there shall be any one that 
maketh spoil of you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after 
the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after 
Christ, or Christ's philosophy. 

Beware lest any man rob you, as the German text has it, which 
signifies, to be robbed of their goods, which was the salvation 
they had received from Christ. 

I therefore think it proper to term the economy of grace, "Christ 
philosophy", since the word means "a lover of wisdom." Jesus 
taught that wisdom which was from above, "For in him dwelleth 
all the fullness of the Godhead bodily", and by making His 
philosophy ours, it makes us complete in Him. 



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The first is acquired through experimental knowledge of the 
material, and the second through experimental knowledge of the 
spiritual. The one does not take the place of the other. To 
beautify character is indeed a great work and is the aim of the child 
of God to work for an increase of holiness, and the shortest way 
to it is to yield ourselves unto God, "as those that are alive from 
the dead and our members as instruments of righteousness unto 
God." But here is where satan takes a stand by making a strong 
plea for the gratification of the flesh in what are termed little things, 
such as wearing of gold for adornment, bobbing the hair, unseemly 
dressing, social games of cards, and so forth, theater going and a 
thousand other things that gratify instead of subduing the sinful 
desires of the flesh which many elders neglect to reprove, with the 
plea that they are after bigger things, but believe me, to neglect 
to reprove the members in these little things leaves a gravel in the 
shoe that causes one to limp in pursuit of bigger things. 

NEWS ITEMS 

THANK YOU 

We want to thank everyone for all the lovely cards and letters 
received in honor of our 50th Anniversary. You helped to make our 
"Special Day" a happy one. May God richly bless you for your 
thoughtfulness. 

Yours in Christian Love, 
Boyd and Lela Wyatt 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

Our Spring Lovefeast has been changed from the set date to 
coincide with the District Conference, March 28 through 30. 

A preaching service on Friday evening will begin the week-end 
meetings. Saturday morning is the scheduled business meeting, 
with the examination sermon in the afternoon and Lovefeast to 
follow. Sunday services are regular. 

Come if you can, and pray that the Lord will direct in all our plans 
and purposes. 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 
CORRECTIONS 

Inadvertantly the Editor missed a couple of changes for the 
February 1, 1986 issue. 

The telephone number of Bro. William Heisey is 513-448-2560. 

The directions to the Lititz Congregation Church House are: 
Turn east on Newport Road about one mile north of Lititz on Rt. 501. 
Go to second crossroads and turn right. The Church is on the right. 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

HIS FATHERLY CARE 

J. H. Moore 

God not only made all things, but he looks after the works of 
his hands with a fatherly care, and reduces everything to a working 
system which, for harmony and precision, baffles the compre- 
hension of man. In the great, boundless universe, with its thousands 
of stupendous bodies, all set in order, constantly in motion, there is 
not a hitch. The Lord directs the workings of every part of his vast 
machinery with a skill unknown to the most advanced intellects 
of earth. Then, too, he has so nicely adjusted the conditions of 
the earth, to the needs of man, as to impress every thinking person 
with the thought of his loving and fatherly care of his children. Who 
can look out upon the starry heavens, and then look at the earth, 
with all of its adaptations for man, and say that ours is not a wise, 
kind, loving, merciful and just Father? 

OBITUARIES 

LUCILLE RUPP 

Sis. Bertha Lucille Rupp, was born at McClave, Colorado, May 
16, 1926, to Bro. Melvin and Sis. Sarah Roesch, and departed this 
life, January 13, 1986. 

In 1941, she moved with her parents and sisters to Fostoria, Ohio. 
In 1944 the family moved to Wauseon, Ohio. In that year she 
accepted the Lord as her Savior and was baptized by immersion 
and became a member of the West Fulton Dunkard Brethren 
Church where she remained a faithful member till her death. 

On December 23, 1945 she was united in marriage to Bro. Denver 
Rupp, who survives. 

In October 1952, she with her husband accepted the call to the 
deacons office, where they remained faithful. Lucille was very 
active in the affairs of the church, trying to do her best in service 
of the Lord. She enjoyed singing very much. 

She was preceded in death by a sister in infancy. She leaves 
to mourn her passing, her husband, Denver; two foster sons, 
Edward Rupp of Bryan, Ohio and Gary Woods of Pioneer, Ohio; and 
four foster grandchildren; her parents, Melvin and Sarah Roesch 
of West Unity, Ohio; three sisters, Maxine Leatherman of Wauseon, 
Ohio; Ruby Pike of West Unity, Ohio; Beulah Swihart of Goshen, 
Indiana; nieces, nephews, and many relatives and friends. 

The family wishes to expres thanks and appreciation to all for the 
many prayers, cards, and all the thoughtfulness extended to all of 
us during this time of bereavement. 



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Jesus, while our hearts are hurting, 
O'er the spoils that death has won, 
We would at this solemn meeting 
Calmly say, "Thy will be done." 
Tho' cast down, we're not forsaken, 
Tho' afflicted, not alone, 
Thou dids't give, and Thou hast taken, 
Blessed Lord, Thy will be done. 
Tho' today we're filled with sadness 
Merely still is on the throne, 
With Thy smiles of love returning, 
We can sing, "Thy will be done." 

By Thy hands the boon was given, 
Thou hast taken but thine own, 
Lord of earth, and God of Heaven, 
Evermore-Thy will be done. 

Services were held January 16, 1986 at 10 a.m. at the West Fulton 
Dunkard Brethren Church, with Elder Edward Johnson officiating, 
assisted by Elder Charles Leatherman. 

Final resting place at the Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer, Ohio. 

MELVIN ROESCH 

Melvin Clement Roesch was born May 24. 1901 at Quinter, 
Kansas to John and Katie (Finkenbinder) Roesch. He departed this 
life on January 24, 1986 at the Williams County General Hospital, 
Montpelier, Ohio. 

The family, later moved to Scott County Kansas. In early youth 
he was baptized and became a member of the Church of the 
Brethren. In 1921 the family moved to New Mexico. On February 
17, 1923 he was united in marriage to Sarah Jarboe. In December 
1923 he and his companion moved to McClave, Colorado. To this 
union were born five daughters. One daughter passed away in 
infancy. One daughter, Lucille, passed away January 13, 1986, just 
eleven days prior to her father's passing. 

The family moved to Fostoria, Ohio in 1941. In 1944 the family 
moved to Wauseon, Ohio. He and his companion were charter 
members when the Dunkard Brethren Church was organized in 
1926. In 1933 he and his companion were chosen to the deacon's 
office. Later in 1937 he was installed to the ministry. In 1943 he 
was ordained to the Eldership where he served for 36 years. Melvin 
was a self-employed painter and has resided at West Unity since 
1971. 

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Sarah, three daughters, 
Maxine Leatherman, Wauseon, Ohio; Ruby Pike, West Unity, Ohio; 



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Beulah Swihart, Goshen, Indiana; twelve grandchildren, two foster 
grandsons, twenty-one great-grandchildren, four foster great-grand- 
children; one sister, Bertha Jarboe, Grandview, Missouri; nieces and 
nephews. Besides the two daughters, he was preceded in death by 
two brothers and three sisters. 

The family wishes to express thanks and appreciation for the 
prayers and thoughtfulness to the many relatives and friends in 
this hour of sorrow. 

One or the other must leave 

One or the other must stay, 

One or the other must grieve 

This is forever the way. 

This is the vow we make 
Faithful till death do us part. 
Bearing what has to be borne 
Hiding the ache in the heart. 

One however adored 
First will be summoned away 
This is the will of the Lord, 
One or the other must stay. 

Services were held January 27, 1986 at 10 a.m. at the West 
Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church, with Elder Dean St. John of- 
ficiating, assisted by Bro. Dennis St. John. 

Final resting place at the Smith Cemetery, Wauseon, Ohio. 

• • • • • » • 

IF YOU, A PROFESSED CHRISTIAN 



do not seek to exalt Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living 
God, in your daily life.... 

do not honor His authority by deliberate study and sharing of 
His revealed Word.... 

do not obey His ordinances just as He ordained them.... 

do not manifest His compassion by doing all you can to minister 
to those in physical, emotional, and spiritual need, on a regular 
basis.... 

do not endeavor to find your place in the work and order of 
the local congregation.... 

do not renounce worldliness and materialism.... 

do not take a strong stand against falsehood and hypocrisy.... 

THEN YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN, no matter what you may 
call yourself.... 

-- Selected by Brother Lynn H. Miller 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle. PA 17225 
Harley Rush 

R. 1, Converse, IN 46919 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Joseph E. Flora 

R.3 Box 12 

Adel, IA 50003 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, OR 97132 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
H Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon. Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eberly 

R.3 

Ephrata. PA 17522 
Warren C. Smith 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave. Colorado 81057 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Eugene Kauffman, Chairman 

R.3 Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
Dennis St. John, Secretary 

R. 1 Box 108 

Bryan. Ohio 43506 



Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, Colorado 81057 

Rudolph Cover 
2034 Roble Avenue 
Modesto, CA 95351 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

12124 Washington Rd. 

Waterford, CA 95386 

(209) 874-3519 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

(913) 754-3433 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender St. 

Morenci, Ml 49256 

(517) 458-6535 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 N. Queen St. 

Littlestown, PA 17340 

(717) 359-5753 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

R. 2 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Harley Flory, Secretary 

27505 Flory Rd. R. 4 

Defiance, Ohio 43512 
Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
James Meyers 

R. 1 Box 109 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 



All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, but 
sent to the Secretary for his records. 



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BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LXIV MARCH 15, 1986 NO. 6 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



SHEEP AND GOATS 

Sheep will follow their shepherd, 

With goats it is not so, 
They won't follow their master 

Wherever he would go. 

They ignore the voice of him 
Who would show them the way, 

But Sheep will watch him closely 
Then do what he would say. 

The goats will trod the broad way 

To enter the wide gate, 
And since they do not listen 

Will suffer a bad fate. 

But the strait and narrow way 
Is the way sheep do trod... 

In following their Master 
Leads through the gate to God. 



- Sister Irene Stout 

Rt. 1 Box 160, Wabash, IN 46992 



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WORK AND FUN 

Breaktlme, lunchtime, recess, weekend, day off or vacation 
time. These periods of time are much discussed and greatly 
looked forward to. Whenever we have a period that frees us from 
our work or studies we want to use it to have a good time. Much 
of our conversation concerns having a good time. We want to 
have fun. That is why we look forward to these periods of time 
so diligently. We endure the periods of work and study in order 
to have these shorter periods of fun time. 

There is very much a feeling that work and study are somehow 
demeaning. We rush through the workweek so we can have a 
day or two away from work. Friday becomes almost a national 
holiday as workers ignore their duties to concentrate on their 
weekend plans. Friday has, for many, become a part of the 
weekend. Friday work hours are often shortened for many 
workers. 

After a period of sustained work or study a time of relaxation 
and rest are beneficial. But the national mania for fun goes 
beyond any real need. The craving for a good time is stronger 
than the desire to do a good job or serve the employer or the 
public. Our work is confined to a few specific hours each day 
for which we receive compensation. What is left over is supposedly 
ours to do with as we please. After a week's work we expect a 
couple of days off. Then once or twice a year we expect to have 
a week or two for vacation. All these times are supposedly fun 
times, at least, our hopes and plans are built on the premise of 
having fun. 

We have forgotten the beauty and worth of work. Perhaps some 

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employers and supervisors have added to the drudgery of the 
workplace through poor attitudes and lack of appreciation. 
Whether the work place is enjoyable or not, the work, if honest 
and needed, is important. While the unbelievers around us could 
not be expected to want anything but fun, the Christian must be 
careful about his attitude toward his work and his supervisors. 
The Christian should see the hand of God in the daily activities 
of life. 

In times past when most of the Brethren were farmers or self- 
employed craftsmen they were working for themselves and could 
control their hours so time was set aside for the worship of God 
and fellowship with the saints. Now most work for others. Often 
I these employers do not or dare not give them any special con- 
sideration concerning their time off or even during their work 
hours. 

The Christian must be devoted in his work habits, even if work 
conditions are not all he would desire. He is there to serve the 
employer in an honest and diligent way. To use his time to 
entertain himself and others is a means of stealing from the 
employer. If we can pursue our employment seriously we need 
to consider the seriousness of all of life. 

Life is not merely a time to have fun with a few interruptions 
for work. God intends for us to regard the seriousness of life. 
We dare not allow ourselves to be allured from considering the 
seriousness of life by the enemy of our souls. Our enemy wants 
nothing more than for us to pursue fun and to ignore the welfare of 
our souls. He would rather we would just have a good time and 
push from our minds the decisions necessary to be made in our 
lives and the consequences of those decisions. He does not want 
us to realize that those about us are dying and meeting God's 
judgment unprepared. He does not want us to consider our 
material and physical decisions in light of the Word of God. 
Nor does he want us to be very careful in our life styles that they 
should match God's will for our lives. 

Fun is a device of the devil to keep us from serious thought. 
If we are having a good time we are not considering the real issues 
of life. When our lives are devoted to pleasure they are not 
given to serving God. He would not have us dour and sour nor 
would He want us to be giddy and unthinking. Life is serious for 
it is a time of preparation not only for a future in this world but 
also for eternity. 

If we are preparing for eternity there must be more serious 
concerns than the latest ball scores or horse races or whatever 
our fun would be. If we are preparing ourselves for eternity and 



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want to help others prepare adequately, we must commit our time 
and resources to causes other than entertainment and pleasure. 
Doing God's Will should be the fun and pleasure of the 
Christian's life. How are you having fun? 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"JOY" 

One of the special attributes of the true Christian should be 
that of joy and yet it seems that it is not very evident in the lives 
of many people. God is not totally satisfied with only righteous- 
ness and peace in our lives. He wants us to express it in joy. Why? 
Because the Christian is the only person on earth who has a real 
reason to be joyful. For us it is both a privilege and a duty. We 
have life... eternal and abundant... and that should elicit joy in 
our experience. 

Christian joy does not come from only circumstances that 
make us particularly joyful. We are commanded to be joyful 
always. (I Thess. 5:16) It is a fruit of the Spirit and can be 
experienced by all of us. 

It is a contradiction for a Christian who professes to be a child 
of the true God to wear a gloomy countenance. Yet, if we are 
honest, life often seems anything but joyful. It seems at best a 
bit dull and at worse is filled with conflict, anxiety and tensions. 
This is especially true today as we are living in the end times and 
Satan is creating an atmosphere of chaos wherever and whenever 
possible. 

Sin is the greatest hinderance to joy in our lives. Because joy 
is a result of communion with God, when it is interrupted, our 
enjoyment is gone. When David confessed his sin of adultery 
with Bathsheba, he prayed, "Restore to me the JOY of thy sal- 
vation." (Ps. 51:12) David always lacked in joy when he was 
agonizing over his sin. If we are not experiencing joy as we would 
like, we should examine our hearts and lives. Are we doing some- 
thing that is displeasing God? Do we have unconfessed sin in 
our life? Have we forsaken some Christian obligation to another 
brother or sister or to God? Or, maybe we are holding on to an 
attitude of envy or resentment or have an unforgiving and critical 
spirit. Joy cannot exist where these attitudes are controlling 
our hearts and we must deal with them to regain the joy, which 
we are promised. 

Sometimes we do not have joy because we have a "misplaced 
confidence." When our trust is in the world or the world's 
people, we can expect disappointments and sorrows. If joy is 
tied to humanistic desires and values, it is fleeting and temporary. 



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We can rejoice in the fact that our names are written down in 
Heaven. Nothing in this life could ever bring any more joy than 
that. All believers have that as common ground for joy. 

Chastening or discipline sometimes seems to choke off our joy. 
But if we keep our eyes on the resultant renewed relationship with 
Christ and the church, joy can be found in its results rather than 
self-pity. There is joy in knowing that God disciplines those 
whom He loves. 

Trials seem to be a hinderance to some people's faith. God 
allows trials in order that we might develop perseverance in our 
Christian walk and to fix our hopes on Him and a future perfect 
place which He has gone to prepare for us. Bad health, financial 
reverses, criticism and rejection are trials. These situations can, 
however, strengthen our character. You have probably heard the 
saying, "No pain, no gain!" If you are a muscle builder, you know 
that you have to endure the agony of lifting more than the muscles 
can stand before they can comfortably handle the weight at final 
contests. So it is with faith. Our faith and perseverance can grow 
only under pain and trial. 

God's Word brings joy. As it answers life's questions and gives 
us stable direction, we can express our confidence in joy. 

Forgiveness is a source of joy. Isn't it an amazing thing to 
consider God's faithfulness in forgiving our sins? As we are 
restored to His fellowship, joy must well up within us. 

Joy comes with trust.... trust that God's Word is true and that 
ALL of His promises are valid. We are filled with joy as we trust 
in Him. 

To take a long-range view of our life and our eternal existence 
is reason for joy. We have hope in a world without hope. We 
have security when social security is going on the rocks. We have 
a future! 

Joy comes in being thankful. We are thankful that all things 
work for our good as Christians, that we can be delivered from 
trials, that nothing is impossible with our God and that He is ever 
working for our good. 

Joy is pleasing to God. Of course, some people are more 
joyful by nature than others and some are more expressive of it. 
But every Christian is to exhibit a display of joy, even if expressed 
in a meek and quiet way. Tolerance should be given from both 
the quiet and expressive person as the other personality expresses 
joy in his characteristic way. 

Joy DOES give spiritual strength. Do you desire it? Don't 
go through life glum and complaining but rejoice in the Lord. It 
is both your duty and privilege. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 



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I BECAME A MAN 

"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a 
child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away 
childish things." I Cor. 13:11. 

There comes a time in life when all of us should grow up and 
become responsible adults. For some, this maturity comes early 
in life. For others, it comes later on, and for yet others, it just 
never happens. Childish ways and childish reasoning are con- 
tinued well into the adult stage of life. This failure to grow up, 
to become a mature adult, results in many problems. It shows up 
as irresponsibility for one's own actions, selfishness, pouting, 
foolish decisions, and such like. This childishness is the opposite 
of what an adult should be. 

A person who is emotionally immature — still wanting his own 
way, thinking and acting childishly — cannot be spiritually mature. 
The same attitudes show up in all areas of life, whether they are 
good or bad, mature or immature. A child may stomp out of the 
room, or say nasty things when he can't have his own way, and 
we deal with the matter accordingly. An adult may be unreason- 
able and demanding, wanting his own way, but that's all right. 
The others should just give in to keep peace, or, should they? 
When anyone hasn't the maturity to put away childish demands 
and reasoning, he or she needs to be dealt with according to 
God's Word, just as a child needs parental discipline. 

What is a man? A child? First, a child is one who is weak in 
knowledge, experience, judgment or attainments. A child still has 
alot of growing to do — physically, emotionally and spiritually. A 
child needs discipline and supervision, someone to channel his 
energy into the right way. A man should be the opposite of a 
child — mature, experienced, able to use good judgment and so 
forth. This means he has grown, he has learned from his ex- 
periences and is able to apply his knowledge in his daily living. 
He should be able to discipline and supervise himself, to be sure 
his life pleases God, and should not need some other adult to 
do this for him. 

We start out as babies, in both our physical and spiritual lives, 
but we are not to stay that way forever. If we do, there's something 
wrong. Parents expect their children to grow, and to develop 
properly, becoming alarmed if they don't. We likewise are 
expected to grow in grace, to develop properly and become 
mature Christians. "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of 
the Word that ye may grow thereby." I Peter 2:2. It is the Word 
which feeds us an enables us to grow spiritually. Without it, 
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Various things can hinder spiritual growth. Lack of spiritual 
food, a careless way of life, clinging to childish ways and attitudes 
are a few of them. God's Word gives us spiritual food for all 
stages of growth and we must feed on it, then let it really nourish 
us and change us. The Word within will give us a desire to please 
God daily, rather than to live carelessly. Mature attitudes will 
replace immature and childish ones, in a well-nourished Christian. 
Christian growth and maturity has no room for selfishness, ir- 
responsibility, blaming others for one's own problems, and so 
forth, because these all are a hindrance. 

An adult — a man or mature person — should be self-disciplined 
and not in need of continual supervision, as a child is. An adult 
should be able to face his own life with its mistakes, and say, "It's 
my fault; I did it." He should be able to accept responsibility for 
his own deeds, rather than blaming someone else. Whenever my 
Dad misplaced one of his tools, he nearly always blamed some 
other family member. This, however, did not change the fact that 
it was his fault and still his responsibility. Blaming others won't 
get rid of our responsibility to God either. 

A child doesn't want correction. He instead wants you to listen 
to all his troubles, and seeks your sympathy in hopes you will 
take sides with him. He wants you to rebuke the one he's fighting 
with, not himself. Adults often act the same way, seeking sympathy 
instead of a solution when disagreements arise. Yet a mature 
Christian knows he must accept the responsibility for his own 
actions. He knows what is right and what is wrong, and tries to 
live accordingly. An immature believer, like a child, lacks this 
understanding, and must be taught and retaught. (see Heb. 
5:12-14). 

Children are unstable (see Eph. 4:14), and limited in under- 
standing (I Cor. 14:20). They are apt to argue, to be foolish and 
unreasonable. A mature person is more stable, and has a good 
understanding. He has wisdom in dealing with life, and is easy to 
be intreated when disagreement arises. "But the wisdom that 
is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to 
be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and 
without hypocrisy." (See James 3:14-18) A wise person has the 
ability to see both sides of an issue, and can be honest and fair 
in his decisions. Such a person is no longer a child spiritually 
or emotionally. 

There is only one place for us to go to find out what we are 
now, whether a child or adult spiritually. This same place will tell 
us what we need to do to mature in Christ. It is God's Word. 
James wrote in chapter 1 :22-25 of those who heard the Word, but 
didn't live by it, and compared them to people who look in a 



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mirror and soon forget what they look like. God's Word is the 
mirror for our souls, and it is needful that we look in it, then 
correct what is wrong. If we ignore what is there, our knowledge 
can't help us. 

Jesus said, "If a man love me, he will keep my words." John 
14:23. Part of His words are that we are to grow in grace and not J 
remain a spiritual child. We don't expect as much from a child i 
as from an adult, and neither does God, but He does expect 
growth and eventual maturity. Which are you — a child or an 
adult — and more importantly, what are you doing about it? "In 
understanding be men." (I Cor. 14:20) 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
R. 1, Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

THE MORAL DECAY OF OUR NATION 

I believe all of us who are old in this life will agree that wicked- 
ness is much worse now than it was in the days of our youth. In 
our schools the first thing in the morning was Bible reading and 
prayer. Some time ago the judges of the highest court of our 
nation ruled that it be taken out of our schools. Some religious 
leaders have been working hard for some time to have it reinstated. 
But it seems they are not getting anything accomplished. 

In the school days of our youth we did not hear anything about 
the using of dope. Now we hear it is used by many of our teen- 
age school children. It is used by many adults, making it unsafe 
to travel on the highways and walk the sidewalks of our city 
streets. 

I remember the time at school all the children were decently 
and respectfully dressed and you did not see people in public 
places less than half dressed. 

Divorce and remarriage is much worse now. Some claim it is 
alright for men and women to live together and raise a family 
without marriage. 

Many of the wicked things of now, we did not hear of in the 
early part of this century. Robbery and murder are much worse 
now. Some time ago abortion was legalized by the authorities of 
our nation and millions of unborn infants are being destroyed. 
Some of our religious leaders have been protesting against it and 
want it to be again unlawful. It seems they can not get a stop to 
this terrible destruction of human life. 

Many people are killed each year on our highways because of 
drunken drivers. Too much dope and alcohol have caused many 
wicked deeds, including murder, to be committed. 



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We need leaders today like we had when this country came into 
existence. "For evil men and seducers have waxed worse and 
worse deceiving and being deceived." We could refer to many 
more evils that are mucfr worse now than in the days of our youth. 

Years ago our country was called a Christian nation. Can we 
call it so today? 

The Lord says if they turn from their wicked ways and abide by 
His name He will forgive their sins and heal the land. We have 
a record in God's Word of wicked cities being destroyed. Our 
country is headed toward destruction. Prophesies of the last days 
are being fulfilled. He said He would never destroy with water but 
would do it with fire. How long will our Lord tarry with the wicked- 
ness in our land? 

Perilous times have come and many professing Christians are 
overcome by the wicked things of this world. They are not a 
light to those living in darkness. We are to put on the whole armour 
of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the 
devil. We should be thankful and appreciate the works of 
righteousness which along with hope and prayers for repentance 
will lead to a conversion to the high standard of morality that our 
faithful foreparents had. 

What we need for the betterment of our nation is for many 
professing Christians, who have compromised with the world and 
its evils, to repent and turn to the way of truth and righteousness 
and become a bright and shining light in this dark and sinful 
world. Professing Christians who have not accepted all the plan 
of salvation have lost their favor with God. His Word tells us many 
will come in that day saying, "Lord, Lord, have I not done many 
wonderful works, cast out devils in thy name," and shall hear the 
voice "Depart ye workers of iniquity, I never knew you." 

It is an important matter that we have washed our robes and 
made them white in the blood of the lamb. We want to hear the 
welcome voice, "thou has been faithful over a few things, enter 
now the joys of they Lord, I will make you ruler over many things." 

Have we cast our lot with the faithful servants of the Lord? It 
should be the greatest concern of our life. Many professing 
Christians, including Church leaders, are not good examples to 
others. For if the blind lead the blind both shall fall in the ditch. 

It is a very important matter that we turn to the high standard 
of morality that our faithful foreparents had so we like the Apostle 
Paul can say, "I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith, 
I have finished my course henceforth there is laid up for me a 
crown of righteousness. Not for me only but also for all that love 
his (Christ's) appearing." 



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The Apostle Paul and many others went through many hard- 
ships in their pathway. Also some whom we labored with have 
set a good example and have done much for the good of others. 
We believe they are resting in peace where the cruel hands of 
strife cannot reach for they continued to look forward to the crown 
of life that is at the end of the true Christian's pathway. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
5225 Sundial Loop 
Plant City, FL 33566 

OBITUARY 

SYLVIA PARKER 

Sis. Sylvia Parker was born in Howard County, Indiana to 
Nathaniel and Martha Kendall on November 21, 1902. Her four 
brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. 

She was married to Basil Malott in September 1921, and to this 
union was born three children, Herbert, Virginia and Leon. Basil 
Malott died early in their marriage, as the result of a tragic 
truck fire. 

Sylvia then married Herbert Parker in December 1934, bringing 
sons Edward and Robert into this combined family. 

Early in life Sylvia accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and 
remained faithful to her calling. At the time of her death, she was 
a member of the Englewood Dunkard Brethren Church, Engle- 
wood, Ohio. She enjoyed her church fellowship very much. 

Her son Herbert preceded her in death, also a granddaughter, 
Joyce Parker, and her husband Herbert Parker in 1979. 

Sylvia passed away at Dettmer Hospital, Troy, Ohio on February 
13, 1986, at the age of 83 years. 

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Harold (Virginia) Van Dyke 
of West Milton, Ohio and one son Leon Malott of Phillipsburg, 
Ohio; two stepsons, Edward Parker of Goshen, Indiana and Robert 
Parker of Peru, Indiana; also twenty-one grandchildren and 
twenty-seven great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services at the Englewood Church, on February 17, 
1986, were conducted by Elder Dean St. John with Bro. Paul 
Stump and Bro. William Heisey assisting. 

HOME AT LAST 
Home at last on heavenly mountains 

Heard the "Come and enter in." 
Saved by life's fair flowing fountains, 

Saved from earthly taint and sin. 

Free at last from all temptation, 
No more need of watchful care; 



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Joyful in complete salvation, 
Given the victor's crown to wear. 

Welcomed at the pearly portal, 

Evermore a welcome guest; 
Welcomed to life immortal, 

In the mansions of the blest. 

Home, sweet home, our home forever, 

All the pilgrim journey past; 
Welcomed home to wander never, 

Saved through Jesus! Home at last. 

NEWS ITEMS 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

The Dallas Center Congregation, the Lord willing, will be having 
Lovefeast Services April 12 and 13. Come worship with us. 
We will be hosting the District Meeting, April 14. Remember us 
in your prayers. 

Sister Mary Sue Moss, Cor. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation plans to have a Lovefeast 
April 19 and 20, 1986. There will be services all day on Saturday. 
We invite you to come and worship with us. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater, Cor. 

REMINDER 

The treasurers of the various boards are reminded to have their 
books audited as soon as possible. After their reports have been 
audited and returned to them, they should send them as soon 
as possible to the Writing Clerk of Standing Committee, Elder 
Rudy Cover, 2034 Roble Ave., Modesto, CA 95351. 

Thank You 

A NOTE OF THANKS 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

I wish to thank each and everyone for remembering my wife 
Ruth during her recent two hospital stays. Your prayers, cards, 
telephone calls and all kindnesses shown were very much ap- 
preciated. 

Sister Ruth and Baby Rachel are both doing fine. May the Lord 
bless ALL of you for caring. 

In Christian Love, 
Brother Lynn H. Miller 



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SINGING, WONDERFUL WORDS OF PRAISE 

Part 2 

The following hymn by A. S. Kieffer from an old "Spirit of 
Praise" hymn book really touches my heart. Then I think of the 
multiplied millions of aborted innocent children around the world 
(1.6 million on an average per year of recorded abortions in the 
United States alone) who are not even recognized enough to be 
given a decent burial. Just recently in California a container 
containing 16,500 aborted innocents were given a Christian burial 
after a three year controversy between churchmen and govern- 
ment and leftist organizations. The Bible says that he who sheds 
innocent blood by man must his blood be shed. Gen. 9:6; 
Num. 35:33. Oh, church people wake up and pray and repent, 
love one another and the sinner, and be witnesses for Christ. The 
time is short, the things of this world are only dust and ashes, but 
our souls are eternal. The blood bath, sounds horrible, but is 
surely coming, and who shall escape? Have we done all we can 
reasonably do with the talents and gifts God has given us to work 
with for Him? Have we committed our all to the Lord? Only He 
can deliver us from the wrath to come. Now is the day of salvation! 
Heed His call before it is too late. Apply the love and Spirit 
of Christ, and keep His commandments. John 14:21 in holiness 
to the Lord, without which no man shall see him. 

GRAVE ON THE GREEN HILLSIDE 
A. S. Kieffer 

There's a little grave on the green hillside 

That lies in the morning sun, 

And our wayworn feet often wander there 

When the cares of the day are done; 

There we often sit till the twilight falls, 

And talk of the far off land, 

And we sometimes feel in the twilight there 

The soft touch of the vanished hand. 



Chorus: 



Grave on the green hillside 

Grave on the green hillside 

In the years to come we will calmly sleep 

In a grave on the green hillside. 

Oh, the land is full of the little graves, 

In valley, and plain, and hill, 

There's an angel, too, for each little grave, 

And these angels some mission fill; 

And I know not how, but I sometimes think 



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They lead us with gentle hand 
For a whisper falls on our willing ear 
From the shores of a far-off land. 
Chorus: 

Grave on the green hillside 

Grave on the green hillside 

In the years to come we will calmly sleep 

In a grave on the green hillside. 

And these little graves are but way-side marks 

That points to the far-off land, 

And they speak to the soul of a better day, 

Of a day that is near at hand; 

Tho' we first must walk thro' the darkness vale, 

Yet there Christ will be our Guide, 

And we'll reach the shore of the far-off land 

Thro' a grave on the green hillside. 

I have this song on tape and have listened to it many times. It 
is sad, but has blessed my soul, and hope it will others also. 
Christ said, "Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God 
as a little child, he shall not enter therein." 

This hymn also inspires my soul and gives me courage. It, too, 
is from the "Spirit of Praise" hymn book. 

BEYOND THE SUNSET BARS 

J. H. Hall 



Chorus: 



Beyond the sunset bars, 

Within the golden gate, 
Apast the silent stars, 

My land and loving wait; 
I cannot tell how long 

The way 'twixt home and me, 
But where my treasure is, 

My heart shall ever be. 

Within the golden gate, 
Across the jasper sea, 
My loved and loving wait, 
At home to welcome me. 

I look into the sky 

When night comes softly on, 
And feel that by and by 

I'll meet the dear ones gone - 
The dear ones safe at home, 

And, oh! the joy divine, 
And peace unspeakable, 

Shall fill this soul of mine. 



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Chorus: 

When he shall bid me come 

To dwell with Him at last, 
No more in tears to roam 

Life's conflict over-past; 
Where love eternal bides, 

And sorrow never mars, 
No evil e'er betides. 

Beyond the sunset bars. 

Chorus: 
I hope the Bible Monitor readers enjoy these hymns, and they 

help to bring inspiration to your souls and a determination to 

realize the full blessing the Lord has in store for you here and 

hereafter. 

In Christian love, 
Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
RD 2 Box 129 
Oakland, MD 21550 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

March 15, 1926 

LOYALTY TO CHRIST 

Lulu M. Kesler 

We read in John 12:42, "Among the chief rulers also many 
believed on him but because of the Pharisees, they did not confess 
him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue." And in the 
43rd verse we see why, "For they love the praise of men more than 
the praise of God." Just so with many professed Christians 
today, they may believe on the Christ, but they fail to confess him 
and to live for him, because they fear the people, lest they be 
put out of the synagogue. They don't want to be classed with the 
Christ or his people, for fear the won't get the praise of the crowd 
or the majority; for they want the praise of men. They want to 
live a half way Christian, but just a little afraid, as those of old, to 
confess him either by tongue or by action. But Christ says, "Ye 
cannot serve God and mammon." So we are either for him or 
against him. We read again John 9:22 when the parents of the 
blind man were afraid to confess Christ, for fear of being put out 
of the synagogue. The man that received the blessing was put 
out, because he said it was the Christ that had healed him. 
Some today are afraid to stand up for Christ and his teaching, for 
fear they won't please the people. We read again in Luke 21:12, 
"They shall lay their hands on you and persecute you delivering 



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you up to the synagogue and Into prisons being brought before 
kings and rulers for my name's sake." Again in verse 17 we read, 
"Ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake." Then in verse 
18 the Christ assures us, "There shall not a hair of your head 
perish" of those who are faithful to him and stand for him and his 
blessed word in its fullness, not fearing man or seeking praise 
of men. Jesus says, "I am come a light into the world, that who- 
soever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." Now Jesus 
is our light. How close would we try to follow a light on a dark 
night, if the roads were slippery and dangerous? We are con- 
fronted on all sides with dangerous teachings and we must be 
lead by Christ our light, or we will be like a ship without a rudder 
or a mariner without a compass amid the storm of a raging sea, 
and even at the expense of being "set at naught" or put out of 
the synagogue, we must be true and loyal to Christ, if we expect 
his abiding presence with us here and a home with him hereafter. 

Lord I have started to walk in the light, 

Shining upon me from heaven so bright; 

I bade the world and its follies adieu, 

I've started in Jesus, and I'm going through. 

Many they are who start in the race; 

But with the light they refuse to keep pace; 

Others accept it because it is new, 

But not very many expect to go through. 

I'd rather walk with Jesus alone, 

And have for a pillar, like Jacob, a stone, 

Living each moment with His face in view, 

Then shrink from my pathway and fail to go through. 

Brother, Sister, now will you take up the cross? 
Give up the world and count it as dross; 
Sell all thou hast, and give to the poor, 
Then go through with Jesus and those who endure. 
Chorus: 

I'm going through, yes, I'm going through; 
I'll pay the price, whatever others do; 
I'll take the way with the Lord's despised few, 
I'm going through, Jesus, I'm going through. 

• •• • • •• 

AS YOUR SPIRIT IS 

For it never fails, as your spirit is, so is also your conduct in 
life. If the Spirit of Christ, which is holy and pure, is in you, then 
are also your whole life and fruit pure and holy. Again if the spirit 
of the evil one, which is impure and wicked, is in you, then all your 
ways and fruits will be evil and impure. This is incontrovertible. 

- Selected by Brother Lynn H. Miller 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
APRIL 1986 

April 6 - Prepared for the Master's Use - II Timothy 2:15-26. 

1. How can we prepare ourselves for the work of the Master? 

2. Are there some things that we need to leave out in our 
preparation? 

April 13 - Perilous Times - II Timothy 3:1-17. 

1. What times is Paul refering to? 

2. How may we know when we are living in the times he is 
speaking of? 

April 20 - Preaching The Word - II Timothy 4:1-8. 

1. What was the charge Paul gave to Timothy? 

2. Are people always anxious to hear the Gospel? 
April 27 - Deliverance - II Timothy 4:9-22. 

1 . To whom do we go for deliverance? 

2. Should there not be in our hearts a desire for deliverance? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR APRIL 1986 

April 6 - Christianity- Romans 5:1-11; II Peter 1:5-11. 

1. How do we become Christians? 

2. What are the requirements to become a Christian? 

April 13 - Passport Of Life - Proverbs 12:15-28; Ezekiel 33:14-19; 
Luke 10:25-28. 

1. What is a passport? 

2. How may we obtain our Heavenly Passport? 

April 20 - Christian Race - 1 Cor. 9:24-27; Phil. 3:13-14; Heb. 12:1-2; 
II Tim. 4:7-8. 

1. Who may run in the Christian race and what are the require- 
ments? 

2. What does temperance have to do with running the race? 

April 27 - Sins of Youth - Job 13:26; Psalms 25:1-22; Jeremiah 
3:23-25. 

1. What does the Bible have to say in Eccl. 12:1 concerning 
youth? 

2. In II Timothy 2:22 Timothy is told to flee youthful lusts. 



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VOL. LXIV APRIL 1, 1986 



NO. 7 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



TAKE TIME 

Take time to make a happy home, 
One of love and work and play, 
A home where God is important - 
Where you worship Him each day. 

Take time to study the Bible - 
To listen, as well as talk, 
To view God's nature around you... 
Or in the woods, take a walk. 

Take time to hear the birds singing, 
And stroll by a lazy stream, 
Then why not rest upon a log 
And meditate - or daydream? 

Take time to make others happy, 
By actions, show that you care... 
Your happiness can be "catching" - 
So let's be willing to share. 



-Sister Irene Stout 

R. 1 Box 160, Wabash, IN 46992 



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SPRING 

Spring is here! Although it may be wintery in some sections of 
the country and summery in others. Spring has come. By the 
calendar it is Spring and even where it still looks and feels like 
winter there are subtle differences that tell us Spring is here. 

With the coming of Spring, there is alot of talk about the 
renewal of nature. The trees begin to bud and bloom. The field 
crops are sown and soon tender shoots burst through the soil. 
The animals come out of hibernation. There is renewed activity 
among the plants. Some speak of this as a resurrection. Some 
celebrate this seasonal change with lustful and impious cele- 
brations. They forget the God who has created this world with 
its varying seasons. 

Those who have forgotten God often speak of nature as their 
god. The things of nature are their desires. Having forgotten 
God they have invented certain natural gods that they try to 
recreate in their own lives. They speak of a supposedly "noble 
savage" who is untouched by civilization. By "civilization" they 
mean to say the civilizing effects of Christianity. Where man 
worships the natural, he forgets that left to his own nature he will 
be lost. 

The natural man comes before the Spiritual man. Each person 
when born has within him the natural spirit of man. By that spirit 
he has instincts and desires that he does not need to be taught. 
This natural man can take care of himself in fulfilling his natural 
needs but he can do nothing for himself Spiritually. It is after a 
time of natural life that the understanding is mature enough to 

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understand and accept Spiritual things. Until that age of account- 
ability is reached there is only a desire for fulfilling natural things. 
At the age of accountability the opportunity to have Spiritual 
things is present. A choice has to be made. Will the life be lived 
only for what is natural or will the higher call to Spirituality be 
answered affirmatively? 

Man may make nature their god but it will prove a poor god. It 
is a god who will lead them to only fulfill their bodily lusts and 
pursue the desires of their physical hearts. Instead of seeing 
nature as an evidence of God's goodness to men, they see it as 
the main thing. 

The trees, the rocks, the heavens, the mountains, all of the 
scenery are spots of beauty in the world were put there for our 
benefit. They are benefits not only to provide fuel, clothing, 
shelter and so on but also for our Spiritual good. They are there 
that their beauty may draw our minds from the manmade and 
mundane to that which is higher. When we recognize that trees 
grow because God put that ability into them. When we recognize 
that the mountains are situated where they are because God put 
them there. When we realize the lakes and streams and rivers are 
there because God put them there. Then our minds can be drawn 
to the creative power of God. 

We must believe God has created this world and each of its 
components just as He would have them to be. It was not by 
chance nor was it through a lengthy process as measured by 
man's ideas of time. What He did, He did quickly. The rocks and 
streams are a record of God's handiwork. Although men may 
conjecture that it took thousands and millions of years for these 
formations to be placed in their present place, God was well able 
to put them there just by speaking the word. When nature draws 
our minds to Him and His power it has accomplished the purpose 
He intended. If instead, our minds are drawn to theories advanced 
by men for their existence, it will have failed in its purpose as 
our minds are closed to God's great power. 

The trees, animals, and heavens have much to tell us of God. 
There are many illustrations of Spiritual truths to be found in 
nature. The farmer's work of growing a crop contains many 
lessons. The growth of the tree, a ring at a time, even under 
adverse conditions bespeaks the need for perseverance. The 
deer's flight from the hunter may encourage the Christian to flee 
from the destruction devices of Satan. The need for cultivation 
to destroy the weeds shows the need for weed-elimination in our 
Spiritual lives. Nature contains many good lessons for our 
Spiritual lives but it dare not become more important than the 
Spiritual inspired Word of God. 



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Although the Bible draws upon the lessons of nature, it is the 
Spirit's work that is most important. Nature, although it is the 
handiwork of God, dare not become the god we worship. The 
Creator is more important than the creature. 

Enjoy nature, learn from nature but be careful that it is only a 
tool to bring you closer to God and to appreciate Him more 
and more. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Putting on Christ" 

To put on Christ is to take on His character. Christlikeness is, 
first, to be Christ-centered, which we would consider as devotion, 
and, secondly, to understand His traits and take them as a part 
of our lives. It is possible that we are expressing reverence for 
Him and yet we don't have a sincere desire to be like Him. To 
be like Him puts great demands on our lives. 

What exactly are Christ's traits? They are the fullness of the 
fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5. In addition to the traits 
of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
gentleness and self-control mentioned there, we could add holi- 
ness, humility, compassion, forbearance, thankfulness, content- 
ment, sincerity and persistence. To look at this list is awesome 
and of our own selves we could never achieve all of them. 
Enablement only can come through the active direction of the 
Holy Spirit. 

As we consider devotion, we understand that it is the only 
acceptable motive for actions that will please Him. This may be 
expressed in our life through obedience. Obedience says, "God, 
I love you." It says, "Lord, I want to be like you." Unfortunately, 
too often our motives are self-centered rather than Christ- 
centered. We want to maintain our reputation before other church 
members or we just want to "feel good about ourselves." In 
addition, it may just be our motive because Mom and Dad instilled 
it in us from childhood. 

Joseph's statement when enticed by Potipher's wife was not, 
"If I do that, my master will have my head." Instead it was, "I 
can not do this thing because it is a sin against God." His moti- 
vation for morality was Christ-centered and was thus an acceptable 
sacrifice. 

The ideal to be like Christ takes preparation. Only by teaching 
and training and exploration of His perfect character can we 
learn what it means to be like Him. It is setting aside our own 
wisdom and strength and drawing from the Master's. Wisdom 
and power for living the Christian life will never be found in man- 



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made philosophies and values. "Dependence" and "prayer" are 
key words in our being transformed into His likeness and in 
manifesting the graces of His godly character. 

Christlikeness takes personal effort. There is something YOU 
can do. You must have an active pursuit of God's will and make 
a personal application of salvation. You must grow in grace. This 
means both "putting on" and "putting off" certain traits. You put 
off the corrupted desires of the old man and put on the new man. 
(Eph. 4:22-24) You put off lying and put on truthfulness. You put 
off stealing and put on generosity. You put off unwholesome 
conversation and replace it with speech and conversation that 
blesses others. Compassion, forgiveness and kindness replace 
backbiting and bitterness. You learn to love righteousness and 
hate wickedness even as Christ did. And remember, when you 
remove something, it must be replaced with something else. A 
void cannot exist in our lives. Good must replace the evil. 

Have you noticed that we tend to emphasize in our lives those 
traits which seem most natural to our particular temperament? 
The fruit of the Spirit is not a matter of temperament; it is a 
result of Spirit led growth in all areas of one's life. Balance is 
the key principle we learn here, and balance is essential in our 
life. We can't overemphasize the outer man and his dress and 
not consider fully the inner man. Likewise, we can't say that 
Christianity is only an "inside matter," and not follow through 
with a Christ-like presence in the outer man. 

Remember, too, that growth is progressive and is never finished. 
Some people who see themselves already as perfect do not under- 
stand this concept. Even near the end of Paul's life (Phil. 3:12), 
we find him "pressing on" toward Christlikeness. There is never 
a time that we can fall into self satisfaction. We are all "undone." 

Some people also think of negative Christianity as a process of 
growing to be like Christ. They religiously become selfish, not 
loving. They embrace harshness instead of patience, greed not 
generosity, high self-love levels instead of esteeming others better 
than themselyes. ; They are filled with pious hypocrisy. You can 
well be alT^Txpert on wickedness and not be righteous and holy 
yourself. Holiness is a state of character resulting from right 
actions, obedience and submission to Christ's will. 

Practicing Christlikeness must be an everyday experience. The 
"Sunday Christian" will grow further and further away from Christ. 
We are to "die daily" to sin and be renewed in His Spirit. Concen- 
trate on a high level of commitment in your dedication to Christ 
and the church and you can be the person YOU want to be as 
well as the one GOD desires for you to become. Put on Christ. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 



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PRAYER 

We are taught in God's Word that prayer is the "life-line" to 
Heaven. It can be done in various ways — audibly or silently, 
standing or kneeling, in public or all alone. 

As I communicate with our two pre-school children, I am led to 
think how feeble our prayers might seem to our Father. Those 
of us who are parents have experienced early communication 
with our young children when they are learning to put words 
together. Sometimes they have to repeat several times before we 
can understand what they are saying. We have to be very patient 
with them. 

We have a very patient and understanding Intercessor with the | 
Father. Many times we seem to have great and numerable itemsi 
to lift up in prayer and we barely know how to express ourselves. 
We don't need to get overly anxious about it as, "Our Father 
knoweth what things we have need of, before we ask Him."! 
Matt. 6:8. 

Even though our prayers might seem quite child-like, "the Lord 
is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him 
in truth." Psalms 145:18. 

In Christian love, 
Sister Karen Blocher 
9946 U.S. Rt. 36 
Bradford, OH 45308 

LIVE AS YOU PRAY 

I knelt to pray when day was done, 
And prayed, "O Lord, bless every one: 
Life from each saddened heart the pain, 
And let the sick be well again." 

Then when I woke another day; 
And carelessly went on my way, 
The whole day long I did not try 
To wipe a tear from any eye. 

I did not try to share the load 

Of any brother on my road. 

I did not even go to see 

The sick man just next door to me. 

Yet once again when day was done 
I prayed, "O Lord, bless every one." 
But as I prayed, into my ear 
There came a voice that whispered clear: 



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"Pause, hypocrite, before you pray, 
Whom have you tried to bless today? 
God's sweetest blessings always go 
By hands that serve Him here below." 

And then I hid my face and cried, 
"Forgive me, God, for I have lied; 
Let me but see another day 
And I will live the way I pray." 

- Selected by Sister Eileen Broadwater 

RESURRECTION POWER 

I Corinthians 15:55-57 "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, 
where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength 
of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the 
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 

The Brethren, along with other orthodox Christians, gather 
together on Sunday to worship. We do this to celebrate the resur- 
rection of Jesus Christ. In addition to this, with the exception of 
a few, whom we hold in deep respect, we set one Sunday aside 
to commemorate this glorious event. Like the other "Christian 
holidays" the world has laid claim to Easter (which is not 
mentioned in scripture as resurrection day) and made it into a 
time of bunny rabbits, fancy hats, and colored eggs. Perhaps we 
should refer to it as RESURRECTION DAY, rather than Easter. 

From Peter's sermon following the event of Pentecost found in 
Acts chapter 2 and continuing throughout the New Testament 
the resurrection was a central theme. In I Corinthians 15:19-20 
Paul put it this way, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we 
are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the 
dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept." 

In John 2:19 Jesus prophecied His resurrection. "Jesus 
answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three 
days I will raise it up." Then in verse 21 we read, "But he spake of 
the temple of his body." This was only one of the many times 
He spoke of the reality of His resurrection. We are saved by the 
shed blood of Jesus Christ but without the resurrection the death 
would have left Christ only a man, as humanists would make Him. 
Jesus Christ did not die a martyr but as the sinless Son of God 
who died for the sins of the world. Through the mystery of the 
Trinity, God died on the cross. To our mortal minds an impossible 
thing happened. God the Father was for a short period separated 
from God the Son. We can not fully comprehend or explain this 
mystery. We, personally, believe this is what Christ feared when 
He prayed, "Not my will but Thine be done," in the garden. We 
do not believe He desired to bypass the cross. We realize H^ 



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was human as well as God. But in John 10:17-18 we read, 
"Therefore doth my Father love me because I lay down my life, 
that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay 
it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power 
to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." 
We can not reconcile these words with the idea that Christ desired 
to bypass the cross, if it was the Father's will. We hold those in 
love and respect who differ with us on this point. 

Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we have 
"victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" according to our opening 
verses. But it would seem as if some would deny this victory or 
resurrection power. We do not subscribe to sinless perfection in 
this life, although we admit that some verses would seem to teach 
this. (We will say more about this later.) But we also reject the 
teaching that we "are JUST sinners saved by grace." We read 
in Romans 6:1-4, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in 
sin,' that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are 
dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many 
of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his 
death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: 
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of 
the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." 

For those who argue that baptism has nothing to do with our 
salvation we will only say, The scriptures say it, (that we are 
saved in the act of baptism), I believe it, and that settles it! For 
those who have never experienced the immersion baptism Paul 
describes here, we would urge them to do so and leave them in 
the hands of God, who alone is the judge of our eternal destiny. 
Paul says that our baptism was symbolic of our death to sin. He 
states that as Christ was raised to the glory of the Father so 
should we walk in newness of life. Now if we are JUST sinners 
there is no difference between us and those who have never 
experienced this newness of life. But, Praise God, there IS a 
difference! He has given us the Holy Spirit to give us power. No 
longer do we have to try to reform ourselves. The popular saying, 
"We are all working for the same place," is unscriptural for more 
reasons than one. 

Does this therefore mean we are without sin? In the eyes of 
God, if we continue in the faith, the answer is Yes! But in order 
to continue in the faith we must live in a spirit of repentance. 
When we decide we no longer need the blood of Christ or decide 
we can continue in sin we have departed from the faith. If we 
continue in the faith the blood of Christ removes all sin and we 
enjoy substitutionary perfection through Christ. 

Brothers and sisters let us not grow weary in well doing but 
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power. If you have never experienced this newness of life we 
would urge you to do so. For the only alternative left is eternal 
death (suffering). As we have said before, Christ died for us, 
should we not be willing to live (the resurrected life) for Him! 

James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

April 1, 1926 
A STORY OF ETERNAL INTEREST 
D. D. Thomas 

If you want to read a story that is good, I invite you to read the 
16th chapter of Luke beginning at the 19th verse. It is not a very 
long story but it is chuck full of meaning and the plot is laid in 
two worlds. In one of these worlds it is told that there is a place 
of love and rest, and another of torment. Every word seems to 
strike the spot, and every moral is so nearly akin to us as to 
nestle to our souls, and the warming influence of its presence 
seems to make us every whit whole. 

I have thought of the characters of this story with a great deal 
of interest. Here is a beggar who sought the ministration of 
his fellow mortal in vain. He sought the simple silent droppings 
of the crumbs from the table from which the other dined sumptu- 
ously, that they in a small measure might supply his wants. And 
to show how deep the wrong was, the story points out that the 
meanest of animal beings ministered to his wants most. And the 
towering human being thought only of himself. 

The lot that came to them both is that they died. No clique or 
class or caste can insure one against that. It comes alike to all. 

The rich man died and had a funeral in keeping with what the 
world thought was right. A great deal of ceremony was likely 
attendant upon it. Orations, gorgeous display, palaver, nonsense 
and whatnot. The show of his life is paraded as virtue, and we 
know not what more may be included in that expression "was 
buried." 

It is simply stated that the poor man died and was carried by 
the angels into Abraham's bosom. No consideration was taken 
of the flesh. It was not stated that he was buried at all. Very few 
people likely knew that he had died. He lived mostly in the 
spiritual sphere. The real being is that with which angels deal. 
"The flesh profiteth nothing." 

Mortal man is an heir to heaven through Jesus Christ. He lives 
with the hope of heaven and praises God for what he has done 
for him. And yet how strangely it appears that he is pictured here 
as neglecting his brother. The dogs without hope of whom it is 



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said that they "are without" the city, and yet they come to this 
man to administer to his healing. It is true that nature points us 
to a better way than the depraved mind of man does? Does the 
nature of animals help us more to our healing and life than the 
taste of man? 

Here is a man with uplifted hands desiring to be fed, in an 
attitude of pleading, with the crumbs that fell from the table of 
luxury. But it is declared that this little was denied him. Creeping 
up from the jungles, out of the recesses of darkness comes some 
despised whelps to comfort him in this dark hour! What a picture 
we have to reflect on! 

One of the great characteristics of the Master is that he came 
to the lowly. Although he came from heaven yet a man living in 
luxury is not one that he can reach. Naturally one would see he 
could only help those that depended upon him. "And the poor 
have the gospel preached unto them." He asks the favor of no 
one because of their means. The one that depends upon riches 
depends upon that which belongs to God. That makes it a sheer 
case of idolatry, and the apostle says that an idol is nothing. 

The neglect of the poor beggar probably shortened his life. A 
neglect or an act whether or not has all the semblance of murder, 
if it shortens life by that means. It did not interfer with his 
spiritual interests, for no one could do that. He only asked the 
man to give him that which would prolong his physical life. He 
"fared sumptuously" and had plenty to spare, but he refused him 
that help. How God has wrought for us by giving us power to 
help our fellow man in distress! And yet so many times the 
privilege that God has given is spurned. 

The crowning glory of the poor man was that he was wafted 
where love is in the home of the faithful. His helplessness 
seemed to be in the world but his heart was full of love. The 
rich man's life was wholly centered upon himself, and he forgot 
the interests of his father's family until it was too late. It is a 
poor place to begin to plead when the fires of hell have reached 
one. No need to wait until one rose from the dead. That would 
not actuate faith any sooner. One has already rose from the dead. 
There is no transportation between heaven and hell. The "great 
gulf fixed" hinders any from going one way or the other. The 
saving must be done by the blood of Jesus and the merits of our 
intercessor at the Father's right hand. I never read of an emigration 
out of the country where the soul goes. In the face of these 
laws rigid as they seem the whole scheme is one of great love. 
It is not an aristocratic circle that lets one in. Extreme poverty 
does not bar. Deep learning is no criterion. A knowledge of 
God is not limited to a collegiate curriculum. There is no condition 
that can bar us but our own wills. "Whosoever will let him takF 
of the water of life freely." 



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IF TEMPTATIONS SEEM TOO BIG TO RESIST 

John Coblentz 

Temptations come to us in many ways — ads, magazines, 
books, memories, the suggestions of friends and so forth. And 
sometimes in frustration we may wish we could box ourselves in, 
away from every outside influence. 

And yet, that is not the whole picture of temptation. 

The Bible says, "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn 
away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, 
it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth 
death." James 1:14-15. 

This shows us that temptation is not just a thing that comes 
from the outside in, but it really comes from the inside out. 

In other words, the problem is not simply that I see something, 
but that I want something. My inner desire is what makes anything 
a temptation to me. 

The root cause of people giving in, indulging, and becoming 
hooked on things they ought to leave alone is inside of them. 
Apart from God, we are spiritually dead, and in that condition, 
our desires become twisted giants to whom we readily yield when 
we have the chance. 

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: 
who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9. 

And therefore, the root cure needs to be inside as well. 

When David repented of yielding to temptation, he prayed, 
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within 
me." Psalm 51:10. 

God's work on the inside of man begins with giving him a new 
spirit. 

Jesus spoke of this as being born again. "Except a man be 
born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God... That which is 
born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is 
spirit." John 3:3, 6. 

The new birth makes us spiritually alive. And by this new life, 
the old twisted desires can be straightened out. 

So then, "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for 
his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born 
of God." I John 3:9. 

Does all this mean that Christians are never tempted? 

No. 

What it does mean is that those who are truly born of God 
receive His Holy Spirit within them. By the power of God's Holy 
Spirit, they can and do say, NO, to temptation. 

They still have desires, but they satisfy those desires according 
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"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of 
his good pleasure." Philippians 2:13. 

IF YOU ARE BORN AGAIN AND STILL STRUGGLE WITH 
TEMPTATION 

Sometimes people say, "I've become a Christian, and I still 
yield to temptation. This just doesn't work for me." 

Several things perhaps need to be clarified. 

First of all, being born again is not something which "works." 
It is something which IS. 

Those who "try" Christianity, likely never experience it, for God 
does not bargain with anyone. He does not give spiritual life to 
make things go better for us, or to make us feel better. 

God gives spiritual life because by this He receives glory to His 
name. "That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first 
trusted in Christ." Ephesians 1:12. 

What I am saying is that if we come to God for our own reasons, 
nothing "works." 

But if we come to God because we have sinned against Him, 
if we are actually broken in penitence before Him, then God does 
exactly what He promises to do. 

"For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, 
whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him 
also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of 
the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isaiah 
57:15. 

Secondly, then, Christians are sometimes frustrated with par- 
ticular temptations because they do not understand the power of 
obedience. 

Many people today have the idea that temptation is to be fought. 
So they struggle. The more they struggle, the more they find 
themselves falling. 

Then they say, "I need power. I'm a defeated Christian." 

In reality, God speaks much more about obedience than about 
victory. When we face temptation, the question is not whether 
we will overcome the temptation, but whether we will obey God. 

We need to yield our will to God's will. 

Obedience is a matter of choice. 

Obedience is also the secret of power. The more I choose to 
obey God, the stronger I become spiritually. 

As the Apostle Paul said, "Neither yield ye your members as 
instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves 
unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members 
as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have 
dominion over you." Romans 6:13-14. 



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If you are a Christian and are struggling with temptation, begin 
to obey God. It is not a matter of how you feel or how big the 
temptation is, but of whether you will obey God. 

God will likely allow you to struggle... until you are willing to 
obey. And then He will back you with His power immeasurable. 

"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of 
his good pleasure." Philippians 2:13. 

Selected by Sister Edith Moss 

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH 

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against princi- 
palities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this 
world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 
6:12. 

Those of us who have made our calling and election sure have 
been made soldiers in the greatest battle of all time. Before 
conversion, we knew little of the spiritual conflicts of this world. 
We were footloose and fancy-free, without care for our soul, until 
Holy Ghost conviction came upon us. Then came the warfare. 
That warfare will continue until the Lord calls us to the better 
home, or cease if we yield to the devil and his deadly poison. 
Timothy is admonished to "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold 
of eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed 
a good profession before many witnesses." I Tim. 6:12. The 
battle is a daily one. Do not think because you are a member of 
a church and say a prayer at mealtime you are doing all you can 
do. It takes a lot of prayer, a lot of soul-searching, and a lot of 
study in God's Word to lay hold on eternal life. In saying this we 
are not taking away from the finished work of Jesus Christ, 
because we could not save ourselves. I thank God for His Son: 
Because of Him I am able to say that Heaven is my home. But 
once we have taken Christ as our Saviour He prepares us for war 
against the enemy of our soul. It seems that the devil is out to 
win our soul back to him. Therefore, we must arm ourselves with 
spiritual armor: The Word of God must be in us; we must have 
faith in what He has promised; we must talk much with Him in 
prayer. We must also tell others of this wonderful salvation and 
invite others to be saved. In doing these things we will defeat the 
enemy and march triumphantly into that place prepared for us 
above. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Man, the Highest Type 
J. H. Moore 

Contrasting man with the works of God's hands, as displayed 
in the heavenly bodies, the Psalmist says: "What is man, that thou 
art mindful of him? ... For thou hast made him a little lower than 
the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor" (Psa. 
8:4-5). There are three orders of intelligence. First, the Deity. 
To this order belongs the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. 
They have the supervision over the entire universe and direct 
every movement. Second, the angels. These are God's celestial 
messengers, and there may be millions of them. In their work they 
are not limited by space or conditions, but can be sent to any part 
of God's domain. Third, comes man, made a little lower than the 
angels, and also created to serve God's purpose on earth. In his 
famous address on Mars' Hill, Paul referred to man as "the 
offspring of Godd" (Acts 18:29). Well may man be recognized 
as the crowning piece of God's work, the highest type of creation, 
made in the likeness and image of God, and capable of the highest 
order of soul and intellectual culture. Since man occupies a 
position just a little lower than the angels, since he is the offspring 
of God, and made in the likeness and image of the Deity, it is no 
wonder that the great Father should be so thoroughly interested 
in his welfare and destiny. 



OBITUARY 

HARVEY RUFF 

Bro. Harvey Ruff was born on October 28, 1910 in Redfield, 
Kansas. He passed away on January 4, 1 986 at the age of 75 years, 
2 months and 7 days. He was the son of Elmer and Emma Ruff. 

Harvey was baptized into the Dunkard Brethren Church in 1928, 
and lived faithful until death. 

He is survived by his loving wife Sylvia and two daughters, 
Carol Walker of Hughson, California and Shirley Wampler of 
Ceres, California. Also one granddaughter and five grandsons, 
and two great-grandsons. 

He was known and loved by many relatives and friends. He will 
be remembered by his faithfulness and kind things he did and 
gave to others. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Lord willing the Grandview Congregation plans to have 
their Spring Lovefeast and communion on Saturday, April 26. We 
will also have services on Sunday, the 27th, morning and after- 
noon. We invite those near and far to share this special time 
with us. 

May God bless you as one of His laborers. 

Sister Mary Lou Kasza, Cor. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord wiling, the Waynesboro Congregation is planning a 
Lovefeast service on Sunday, May 4. We invite all who can to 
come and worship with us. 

Sister Wilma Eberly, Cor. 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 

The McClave Congregation of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
plans a weekend Lovefeast meeting on May 10-11, 1986. Preaching 
will begin at 11:00 A.M. Saturday and continue through Sunday, 
with Lovefeast being Saturday evening. 

We would love to have you all come. Please remember us in 
prayer, as we strive to please Him. 

Sister Rhonda Snyder, Cor. 

TIME IS RUNNING OUT 

The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two 
hundred years. These nations progressed through this sequence: 

From Bondage to Spiritual Faith 
From Spiritual Faith to Great Courage 
From Courage to Liberty 
From Liberty to Abundance 
From Abundance to Selfishness 
From Selfishness to Complacency 
From Complacency to Apathy 
From Apathy to Dependency 
From Dependency back again into 
Bondage 

- Selected by Brother Lynn H. Miller 



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BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 
Harley Rush 

R. 1, Converse, IN 46919 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
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Galen Litfin 

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Newberg, OR 97132 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
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136 Homeland Rd. 

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H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H.108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eb"erly 

R. 3 

Ephrata, PA 17522 
Warren C. Smith 

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McClave, Colorado 81057 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Eugene Kauffman, Chairman 

R. 3 Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
Dennis St. John, Secretary 

R. 1 Box 108 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 



Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
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Rudolph Cover 
2034 Roble Avenue 
Modesto, CA 95351 

Virgil Leatherman 
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Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

12124 Washington Rd. 

Waterford, CA 95386 

(209) 874-3519 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

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David Skiles, Superintendent 

R. 2 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Harley Flory, Secretary 

27505 Flory Rd. R. 4 

Defiance, Ohio 43512 
Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
James Meyers 

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VOL LX1V APRIL 15, 1986 NO. 8 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WHO WILL SERVE? 

Who will serve their Lord and Saviour? 

Who will come to Him today? 
Who will change their way of living, 

Walk with Him the narrow way? 

He will give you Christian graces, 
Faith, hope, knowledge and virtue, 

Godliness, with lots of patience, 
And kindness in all you do. 

When you have the love of Jesus 
Peace and joy in you abide, 

And His love will grow within you 
As you walk close to His side. 

Who will come and follow Jesus 
In the strait and narrow way? 

When you come, your soul He will save 
From death, hell, and from the grave. 



Sister Irene Stout 

R. 1 Box 160, Wabash, IN 46992 



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PURE RELIGION 

.We want our food to be pure and untainted. We not only want it. 
clean, but uncontaminated by harmful chemicals or other sub- 
stances. There are several governmental agencies given the 
responsibility of testing and policing these items so we can be sure 
they are pure. Even so there have been various products tainted. 
They have caused serious injuries and even deaths. Their 
supposed purity was destroyed and they became dangerous rather 
than beneficial. 

Pure religion, true Christianity, can be in a sense compared to 
pure foods which are beneficial to us. Just as that pure food is 
life-giving to our physical bodies so pure religion is life-giving to 
the soul. We do not knowingly partake of tainted food that might 
lead to our deaths, so we should be careful that our religion is pure 
and true so it does not harm our souls. We have to be very careful 
about our religion for there are many which seek to allure us but all 
are not pure. Tainted foods may look, smell and taste the same as 
the pure but by their very sameness they become dangerous and 
deadly. False religions, whethercalled cults, religions or churches, 
may appear safe but be dangerous and deadly. As tragic as a 
physical death is, a worse tragedy is Spiritual death, which is 
eternal. There may be many beneficial teachings among these 
impure religions but their good will not overcome their errors any 
more than the good food in a pail of garbage will make it appealing 
and nutritious. 

James gives some direction in considering what pure religion is. 
James 1:27, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the 
Father is this. To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction. 

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and to keep himself unspotted from the world." What is pure is 
pleasing to God. God has a desire for that which is undefiled. He 
does not want the soiled and abused. He wants the best. The 
Lamb of God was perfect without blemish or spot. The Bible tells 
us of the pure robes of the righteous in Heaven. The sacrifices of 
the Old Testament were to be perfect. He was never pleased with 
less than the best available. He has always given the best and He 
demands the best we can give. 

James speaks of the service He expects of us. The first service 
expressed is "To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction." 
This duty might well be expanded to other deeds of a similar 
nature. In fact for some these social deeds have become the whole 
focus of their religion. The "social gospel" may make a valid 
attempt at helping others in their needs, physical, political or 
cultural but the Spiritual need is subverted. The blood of Jesus, the 
commandments of the Bible and personal Spiritual rebirth are 
ignored or down played. The social issues become of utmost 
importance and energies are used to create a "better world" 
through human effort. Through programs, activities, recreation 
and politics a better world is sought to be produced. The needs of 
the hearts of men are not considered, only the social needs. 
Visiting the sick, helping the poor, comforting the sorrowing and 
many other good deeds are necessary to have a pure religion, but 
the sum and substance of pure religion is greater than the needs of 
the physical man. 

Beyond the social aspects of a pure religion is the injunction, "to 
keep himself unspotted from the world." Merely helping others is 
not enough, though certainly commendable. There must be a 
separation from the world. First there must be a decided choice to 
accept Jesus as the Son of God who came from Heaven with a 
saving Gospel secured both through His teaching and His sacrifice 
on Calvary. The one seeking pure religion must identify with Christ 
thus separating himself from Satan, the god of this world. Second 
there must be a continual separation from the world's ways, styles 
and desires. There is an effort demanded to stay away from these 
activities that contaminate the Christian. The enemy of our souls 
will seek many ways to gain an entrance into our lives that he might 
draw us away from the unspotted condition desired by God. 

Pleasing God, helping others and living a separated life are all 
parts of a pure religion. Each part needs the support of the other 
parts. Just believing in God is not enough, for even the devils 
believe and tremble. Promoting social programs will not make us a 
true Christian by itself. A miserly, monkish, self centered, 
separated life also will fail to provide the kind of religion that God 
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Just as we desire pure, untainted natural food for our bodies so 
we should strive to have the pure religion that will nourish our 
Spiritual lives. Avoid junk food, poisoned food, tainted food to be 
healthy physically. Desire and strive to have true Christianity for 
the health of the soul. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"the position of women in public worship" 

AN EXPLANATION OF I TIMOTHY 2:12 and I CORINTHIANS 
14:34. 

The woman is admonished in these scriptures to "keep silence in 
the churches," and not "to teach nor usurp authority over them" 
(men) relative to the worship service. 

The rule for silence for women in the worship service is an 
explicit and positive teaching. It is not ambiguously stated and 
there should be no difference of opinion in regard to its meaning. 
The communication constituting public teaching was given to the 
man as his responsibility. The I Corinthians scripture would 
indicate that the women were not to teach the people or to interrupt 
those who were speaking in the Church. This rule prohibits a 
woman from conducting devotions in the assembled Body, even if 
a claim of inspiration is made. It does not refer just to the action of 
public preaching but it would be true at any time when a congre- 
gation is assembled for public worship. This is not to be 
considered as to making the woman a "second class citizen" in the 
worship situation, but because of her spirit of modesty, humility 
and submission, her desire is not for public teaching. 

The Bible does not indicate that the head covering of the woman 
gives her authority to teach or preach before the congregation. It 
does show a proper understanding of the Godhead or an under- 
standing of modesty and of subordination. It is emblematic of the 
recognition of the Christian hierarchy. It is not only symbolic to 
humanity but it is also a sign to the angelic realm who are 
witnessing their public worship. 

We live in a time when the female segment of our population is 
not satisfied with their God ordained roles in womanhood and 
instead they desire to project themselves into positions outside of 
Biblical authorization. In addition, extravagant personal adorn- 
ment and a fashionable lifestyle of excesses is making them a 
distraction to other worshipers. In fact, these factors work 
together... to be heard in speaking... and to be seen in visually 
demanding dress. 

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singularform. The woman, asa silent learner, would be yielding in 
subjection to the authority of God. "Learn" is a present tense 
imperative word illustrating an attitude of being taught to grow 
spiritually and to advance in holiness. Am I indicating that 
Christian women should just surrender their minds to emptiness or 
to the dictates of others? No! I am illustrating that her quietness is 
God ordained and is also an example to young women relative to 
learning subjection and exercising a beautiful spirit. In general, the 
Bible has elevated the woman to a very high position of spiritual 
equality with the man before God but this elevation is not applic- 
able relative to teaching and authority in the assembly. 

'To Teach" as a present infinitive relates that this is not confined 
to a single act of submission but would be the assumed position 
routinely in the worship service. "To have dominion over" is an 
infinitive showing a desire or action of assuming public teaching of 
a congregation. 

The word man (aner) in our text is a distinctive word dis- 
tinguishing the sexes as to their responsibilities. A woman can not 
place herself in the position of the man without violating the word 
she says she believes and is working to obey. 

There is no indication in these texts that Paul is considering 
instruction in the classroom situation. We would understand, 
however, that males at the age of accountability should be taught 
by men to fulfill the context of the teaching. 

In addition to the foregoing conclusions, in I Timothy 2:8, we 
learn from the Apostle Paul that it is men (tous andras) who are to 
pray in the public worship service. The word "pray" is a present 
tense word indicating it to be a routine practice in worship. Its 
wording pointedly illustrates men as distinguished from women 
(thelus) are to lead in the public prayer. 

New Testament teachings illustrate a valid and indispensable 
ministry for women as a part of the Body without trespassing 
against the position reserved for the men in the church. We find in 
Titus 2:3-4 that there is an important ministry for the sisters in 
teaching other women and children. It was proper, too, for Priscilla 
to help her husband in teaching Apollos to know the way of the 
Lord more completely. (Acts 18:26) Again, this was not in the 
formal worship service. Finally, Euodia and Syntyche had 
laboured with Paul in working for the Kingdom, but there is no 
inference to the fact that they preached in that situation. (Phil. 
4:2-3) 

It may be concluded that God has appointed man to lead and 
instruct in the church and it is improper for a woman to assume 
that responsibility upon herself. Paul teaches us that there is 
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inhanced as she finds fulfillment and satisfaction in her God given 
role in the church. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 

BREATHING ROOM 

"Didyoueverconsiderthatsometimesyourlifelookslikethiswhenyou 
leavenospaceforGodinyourlifeitfrequentlybecomesveryjumbledrun 
togetheranddifficulttosortout." The preceding thoughts were part 
of a little clipping entitled "BeSureToReadThis." Following is more 
of the clipping, with spacing and punctuation added for ease in 
reading. 

"Did you ever consider that sometimes your life looks like this? 
When you leave no space for God in your life, it frequently 
becomes very jumbled, run together, and difficult to sort out. If you 
have taken time to decipher this little note, consider spending an 
equal amount on something very useful — your relationship with 
God. That could turn out to change your life, or at the very least 
give it some breathing room." (Anon.) 

Breathing room — time for one's self in which to be refreshed 
—is needed by all. Many take time for self-indulgence, but that is 
not giving yourself breathing room. In fact, it only increases the 
pressure on you. Sin brings further bondage, not freedom and 
refreshment of spirit. Self-indulgence is never satisfying, but 
continually desires further thrills to fill the emptiness. Breathing 
room, refreshment of soul and of mind — how pleased it is by 
comparison! 

Life at its best is often "jumbled and run together", just as the 
words in that clipping. It is difficult to set a pace which allows 
some relaxation, yet we need to allow for it. Jesus took time away 
from the demands of the crowds and so must we. We can be 
crowded by people's demands, by continual activity, or tasks to be 
completed, and so forth. But no matter what causes the demands, 
a time away from them is needful. A hectic schedule can cheat us 
out of time for spiritual refreshing and feeding our souls, and it's up 
to us to prevent this. We must simply make breathing room, if there 
is none otherwise. 

"Great multitudes came together to hear , and to be healed by 
him of their infirmities. And he withdrew himself into the wilder- 
ness, and prayed." Luke 5:15-16. Many people wanted help from 
Jesus. They wanted to hear what He had to say, and they wanted 
Him to heal them. All of this was important, but it was also 
important for Jesus to get away from them for awhile. It was a very 
demanding life, and even though Jesus was divine, He needed time 
to pray and be refreshed. Jesus encouraged His disciples to do the 
same. 



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"Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest awhile: 
for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so 
much as to eat." Mark 6:31. Does this ever happen to you? There 
are so many demands and interruptions that you can't even eat a 
meal in peace. You feel pressured and pushed, and still can't keep 
up. Then is when Jesus says to you, "Come apart and rest, come 
apart and commune with Me, or you may simply come apart!" 

"And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went 
out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed." Mark 
1:35. Jesus made sure He had breathing room — time alone with 
God, even though it meant getting up while others were asleep. We 
often have trouble getting up when we must, but we would find it 
helpful to set aside some early morning time for spiritual re- 
freshing. Even a short time given to communing with God can give 
us greater strength for the day. Before the day's activities begin 
crowding our thoughts, we need time alone with God. 

Jesus made breathing room in His life on earth at various times 
of the day. In Mark 1:35, it was in the very early morning. In Mark 
6:46-47, it was evening. Whatever time of day is best for you, be 
sure you take that time. "They took knowledge of them that they 
had been with Jesus." Acts 4:13. The more we are with Jesus in 
the quietness of our hearts, the more it will be evident in our lives. 
We must have some breathing room in order to be what God wants 
us to be, and we should plan for some quality time, not just the 
leftover time. 

Another reason breathing room is needed is so we can intercede 
for others. Jesus is yet making intercession for us (see Rom. 8:34), 
and we need to intercede for others. So many of our activities are 
concerned with this life, and such matters can wait, but spiritual 
needs cannot. We must be sure we don't allow our daily activities 
to crowd out intercessory prayer, or any other kind of prayer, as it 
is our spiritual lifeline. 

If there's no breathing room, there's no quietness of soul, no real 
rest and relaxation. If there's no breathing room, there's no 
stability in Christ, no time to really serve God. There's no time to 
commune with God, to be really close to Him. unless we have 
sufficient breathing room. Too much "busy-ness" interferes with- 
out time to think and concentrate on that which is really valuable. 
"Be still and know that I am God" (Psa. 46:10) is a reminder to us to 
be quiet, and give ourselves time to breathe. 

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on 
thee: because he trusteth in thee." Isa. 26:3. Having adequate 
breathing room allows us to concentrate on the Lord. We have 
time to learn to trust Him for all things. Being able to trust brings 
God's peace to our hearts and souls, a peace which calms us and 



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keeps us at rest In Jesus. "And the peace of God, which passeth all 
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ 
Jesus." Phil. 4:7. Breathing room — our quiet time with God — is 
where we find peace and rest. Have you made time in your life for 
God? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
R. 1, Pioneer, OH 43554 



THE REFINER'S FIRE 

He sat by a fire of seven fold heat, 

As He watched by the precious ore, 
And closer He bent with a searching gaze, 

As He heated it more and more. 

He knew He had ore that could stand the test, 

And He wanted the finest gold, 
To mould as a crown for the King to wear, 

Set with gems with a price untold. 

So He laid our gold in the burning fire, 
Though we fain would have said Him "Nay." 

And He watched the dross that we had not seen, 
And it melted and passed away. 

And the gold grew brighter and yet more bright 

But our eyes were so dim with tears, 
We saw but the fire — not the Master's hand, 

And questioned with anxious fears. 

Yet our gold shone out with a richer glow 

As it mirrored a Form above, 
That bent o'er the fire, tho' unseen by us, 

With a look of ineffable love. 

Can we think that it pleases His loving heart 

To cause us a moment of pain? 
Ah, no! but He saw through the present cross 

The bliss of Eternal gain. 

So He waited there with a watchful eye, 

With a love that is strong and sure, 
And His gold did not suffer a bit more heat 

Than was NEEDED to make it pure. 

"And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver:... Malachi 3:3. 

Selected by Sister Emma W. Stauffer 



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IS CHRIST OUR PATTERN? 

We have the record of Christ's life in the New Testament. He 
taught by example and precept and said we shall do as He has 
done. He said, "Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy 
laden and I will give you rest." Are we following the example He 
has set for us to become the children of God? 

He suffered the cruel death on the cross and died for our 
redemption, the just for the unjust that He might bring us unto God. 
He loved little children and bid them come unto Him. There is a 
song that says, 

Jesus loves me this I know, 
For the Bible tells me so, 
Little ones to Him belong, 
They are weak but He is strong. 

Those who accept abortion have no love for children having 
given heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. The true 
Christian will take no part in the evils of the world, especially when 
it comes to the destruction of human life. 

Christ is the author of Christianity, love and peace. He said, "My 
peace I give unto you my peace I leave with you. Not as the world 
giveth give I unto you." What the world gives may be suddenly 
destroyed. Satan is the author of envy, hatred and carnal strife and 
the busyboding into other people's matters. 

The true Christians are converted from all evil and born into the 
kingdom of God. Through Christ we can receive love that leads to 
eternal peace that the world can never give. Christ, when speaking 
to the Heavenly Father, said, "Not my will but thine be done." The 
word "Christian" means to be Christ-like. Are we a Christian 
example to others? Are we among those who are the true children 
of God so we can, like the Apostle Paul, look forward to the 
greatest blessing — The Crown of Life? 

Some times we hear the words, "America the beautiful." It is 
nothing compared with what is awaiting those who live Godly in 
Christ Jesus. 

Have we made Christ our pattern? Many have gone astray and 
are not aware of it in these perilous times. We need the whole 
armour of God to stand against the wiles of the devil. Little deeds 
of kindness and words of love help to make this world a better 
place to live. Christ's example will always lead us in the way of 
truth and righteousness. 

The way of the cross leads Home. It is sweet to know as we 
onward go that Christ will go with us through the valley and 
shadow of death. We need fear no evil. 

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Heaven was, "to go ye therefore into all the world and preach the 
gospel baptizing them in the name of the father, son and holy 
ghost, teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you." 
It is important that in the teaching and observance of all things to 
make Him our pattern. It gives us His promise to be with us always 
till the end of the world. 

Today we have many who will teach otherwise than the true and 
wholesome words and are astray from the path of truth and 
righteousness and some day will reap from the seed they are 
sowing. Christ wants us to be faithful to Him so we can spend the 
ceaseless ages of eternity with Him. The Apostle Paul continued to 
look forward to the Crown of Life. This may have helped him to be 
a strong and brave soldier of the Cross of Christ as he endured the 
hardships in his pathway. Today we have many professing 
Christians including so called Church leaders who ignore many of 
the plain teachings of Christ. 

Must Jesus bear the Cross alone and all the world go free? 
Christ's coming was as the meek and lowly lamb of God. Have we 
made Him our pattern? 

Brother J. F. Marks 
5225 Sundial Loop 
Plant City, FL 33566 

FALSE CONVERTS 

Matthew 23:15, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypo- 
crites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and 
when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than 
yourselves." 

These strong words of denunciation come from the lips of our 
meek and lowly Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Why has the large 
majority of the earthly church in contrast refused to speak out 
against false teachers? Jesus Christ is the greatest symbol of love 
there is. But He made it clear that true love is not afraid to speak 
out against falsehood. 

First of all let us see who Jesus was addressing His statement to. 
According to our Bible dictionary the scribes were "a class of 
learned men who made the systematic study of the law and its 
exposition their professional occupation." According to this 
source the Pharisees "were by far the most influential" when 
comparing them with the Sadducees and Essenes. It is believed 
that this group came out of the Maccabean Revolt although this 
can not be proven with certainty. The name in its Semitic form 
means "the separated ones, separatists." "They were also known 
as chasidim, meaning 'loved of God or loyal to God.' " 

Looking at these two groups from the perspective of the previous 



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definitions we would think that they would be individuals who 
should be looked up to. Both of these groups were very religious. 
They also professed to be upholding the truth that was handed 
down by God. They were, in fact, not "bad" people. Their outward 
actions, in most cases it seems, were beyond fault. Yet our Lord 
called them hypocrites. He gives several clear reasons why they 
are suited for this title. One of these is found in verses 26 and 27. 
'Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and 
platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, 
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited 
sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within 
full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness." There are those 
today who claim to be special people of God. But like the scribes 
and Pharisees they add man's theories to God's Holy Word. Like 
these two groups they also reject the Lord Jesus Christ as the only 
means of salvation. They spend their time trying to disprove such 
Biblical doctrines as the Trinity, the deity of Jesus Christ, and the 
existence of eternal punishment. These individuals are gaining 
many converts and "make him twofold more the child of hell than 
yourselves." 

But the subject does not end here. It becomes increasingly 
difficult to decide who is a true believer and who is making false 
converts. There is such a mixture of truth and error in our day that 
our wisdom fails us when we try to sort it out. We have long 
proclaimed that the Bible is the Word of God and in most instances 
needs no interpretation but means exactly what it says. We still 
hold to this statement. But more and more we realize that others 
are making a similar statement but hold views that are miles apart 
from what we believe. There are some subjects we wish to make 
further study on in the near future such as "praising God for all 
things." We are not convinced that God wishes us to praise Him for 
broken marriages, apostatecchurches, the death of a spouse, and 
other similar circumstances. Many claim to believe the whole Word 
of God yet speak against nonresistance, non-conformity, and 
baptism as necessary for our salvation as understood by our 
Brethren forefathers. It is no wonder that some have labeled us 
Pharisees. According to the article referred to earlier in the Bible 
dictionary this group wore distinctive garb. Does this mean that 
our Brethren forefathers were wrong in adopting this practice? We 
do not believe so and choose to wear the "plain suit" even today 
when it is becoming less and less popular. We believe this practice 
has become vindicated by studying those groups who have set this 
practice aside. The vast majority of them now allow immodest 
dress, cut hair, and the wearing of jewelry. The last item seems 
especially hypocritical when you examine their emphasis on using 
our worldly goods to help others. It would do us well to heed their 



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warning on personal greed, but we can not reconcile this with 
hanging jewelry from our necks and covering our hands! 

There is also emphasis on certain portions of scripture but 
ignoring other scriptures that provide a balance. One example of 
this is the subjects of woman preachers. The same Paul who stated 
in Galatians 3:28 "... there is neither male nor female:..." tells us in 
I Timothy 2:12 "But I suffer not a woman to teach, (original teach 
with authority, or preach), not to unsurp authority over the man, 
but to be in silence." Paul then backs up his argument from 
Creation theology or headship theology. The modern day teaching 
on women preachers comes from evolutionary theology. 

While these modernists are not making very many converts from 
those in the world they are making many converts of those within 
the earthly church. Their popular sayings, which they repeat over 
and over, start to sound good to "itching ears." This is why we 
need to speak out against false teaching over and over. 

May our desire be to make true converts for our Lord and Savior. 
Let each of us examine our hearts and be sure we are not "scribes 
and Pharisees." We must be careful in judging others who do not 
do exactly as we do. We must allow God to be the final judge of all 
individuals. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord 
and Savior you are now judged to spend eternity in Hell. By 
accepting Him and His Word you can enjoy a home in Heaven. 

James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

GOD'S REVELATION TO MAN 

J. H. Moore 

Considering the relation that man sustains to his Maker, and his 
marvelous possibilities, it is inconceivable that he should have 
been left without some kind of a revelation, to guide him in his 
search after spiritual light and the better way of living. After 
making man in his own likeness and image, God would no more 
think of leaving him to grope his way in darkness, than a kind and 
loving earthly father would think of leaving his helpless child 
without food or clothing. For his temporal aid, God has given man 
the light of the sun, nourishment for his craving appetite, and 
material from which to make clothing for his bodily comfort. With- 
out a revelation to supply the yearnings of his soul, the work of the 
Creator would be incomplete. We can not think of such a neglect, 
and it is but proper that we should look about us for a revelation 
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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

April 15, 1926 

FENCES 

B. E. Kesler 

Some time ago we were riding on a train when we heard the 
sharp blasts indicating that there was stock on the track. The train 
stopped and when we looked out of the window we saw cattle 
getting through a wire fence and back into the pasture from which 
they had broken out and gotten on the track. That is, all but one 
went back. That one was lying in the ditch, dead. 

And then we thought of the purpose of fences. Why do we have 
them? There are two reasons; one is that fences keep our own 
stock at home, and the other is that they keep out of our pastures 
the stock of other people. 

But in some respects animals are like human beings, and one of 
the resemblances is that neither class likes restraints. An animal 
will break through a fence and get outside even when there is 
better feed and water inside than outside. The animals are not 
supposed to have the same knowledge of risks and results that man 
has, and so it is not so strange that they will break out and are often 
killed because they are out on the highway where they have no 
business. 

We do not have fences for men unless they are defective and 
need protection or are dangerous and other men need to be 
protected from them. We do have restraints, though, and we have 
them because men will not do right. The law follows crime: the law 
against murder was made because men murdered other men; the 
same is true of our laws against stealing and so forth. These laws 
are a kind of fence to keep men where they belong; and it would 
probably be difficult to find an honest man who does not know that 
men are better off when they obey the laws. 

And then we have another fence, other laws. These were made 
by the Lord, and the only reason for making them was that man 
might be protected and might be useful and happy in this life and 
prepare himself for greater happiness in the life which is to follow 
this one. Men are just as much inclined to break these laws as they 
are to break the manmade laws. They are carried away by their 
lusts and do the things which they know they should not do. And 
they do these things in spite of what they see of other men who did 
the same things and suffered for do doing. They do not seem to 
care what happens to them in this world or the next, provided they 
can have their own way. They are missing the best things in this 
world, and will miss infinitely more in the next. 



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Both human and divine laws are made for the benefit of man, and 
there is not a law that will interfere with the man who desires to do 
what is right. And yet we have criminals by the thousand. Every 
state, every county, every city has its prison, and in so many places 
the prisons are full to overflowing. It seems strange that man has 
become so perverted that he is not willing to obey the laws and to 
respect the rights of other men. It seems stranger that man should 
refuse to obey the divine law, the one given by the Creator, and 
which has in it nothing of the imperfections that sometimes creep 
into human laws. Butso it is, so it has been, and so it will continue 
to be until the end of time. 

Man in general finds it more easy to follow in ways of vice than in 
ways of virtue, which is due to the fact that his nature has been so 
greatly changed that he is far from being what his Maker intended 
him to be. And the only way in which he can regain what he has 
lost is by full obedience to the law which was given us by the Son, 
who loved us and gave Himself for us. But this law does not receive 
the attention it once did, nor anything like the attention it should. 
Full obedience to divine law is rarely urged in these days even from 
the pulpit; and from this fact we must conclude that it is not 
believed as it should be by those who occupy the pulpits. 

This divine law is a fence for us, a protection against evil that 
would otherwise have free access to us. But if we will not heed the 
law, if we will not remain where the Lord wishes us to be, that is 
apart from the evil world, we do not get the benefit it was intended 
to give us. The loss is all ours when we break through the fence. 

It is not surprising that worldly people will not be kept in by the 
divine law, but it is very sad that those who have professed to 
believe on the Lord go everywhere and do everything that the 
people of the world do. So doing, they are not true to the Master 
whom they professed to accept and to whom they promised 
obedience. 

The Lord's fence is intended to keep us from evil and to keep evil 
from us. Inside that fence we dwell in perfect safety, outside it 
there is no safety, no promise of His keeping us from evil. And He 
has left us free to stay in or go out, after telling us repeatedly what 
will come to us in the place we choose to remain. How can we 
hesitate as to the position we should occupy? What can we gain 
on the outside that will compensate for the loss we suffer by not 
being on the inside? It is the old question, "What shall a man give 
in exchange for his soul?" 



Many dig their grave with a knife and fork. 



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WHAT SHALL IT BE? 

Out of this life I shall never take 

Things of silver and gold I make. 
All that I cherish and hoard away, 

After I leave, on this earth must stay. 

Though I have toiled for a painting rare 

To hang on the wall, I must leave it there. 
Though I call it mine, and boast its worth, 

I must give it up when I leave this earth. 

All that I gather, and all that I keep, 

I must leave behind when I fall asleep. 
And I often wonder what I shall own 

In that other life when I pass alone. 

What shall they find, and what shall they see, 

In the soul that answers the call for me? 
Shall the Great Judge learn, when my task is through, 

That my Spirit has gathered some riches, too? 
Or shall at last it be mine to find 

That all I'd worked for I'd left behind? 

- Anonymous 

Selected by Sister Karen Blocher 

NEWS ITEMS 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The West Fulton Congregation is planning, the Lord willing, a 
Lovefeast Saturday, May 17. Services will begin at 11 A.M. with the 
Lovefeast proper at 7:30 P.M. All are welcome. Come and enjoy 
these services with us. 

Sister Carolyn Carpenter, Cor. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lititz Congregation plans to have Lovefeast, May 18. Come 
and worship with us. 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 

NOTICE 

All business for General Conference should be in the hands of 
the writing clerk of General Conference by April 25, 1986. Thank 
you. 

Brother Ray R. Reed 

Box 12 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR MAY 1986 

May 4 - The True Witness - Titus 1:1-16. 

1. What does verse 1 tell us about Paul? Who was his Master? 

2. To whom was the letter written? and for what purpose? 

May 11 - Mothers Day- Luke 1:26-60. 

1. In verse 39 what is the attitude of Mary toward the angel's 
message? 

2. In Prov. 31 we have a picture of what a true Mother is like. 

May 18 - Sound Doctrine - Titus 2:1-15. 

1. What instruction does Paul give Titus and the church about 
doctrine? 

2. What do we understand in the teaching of doctrine? 

May 25 - Justified by Grace - Titus 3:1-15. 

1. In Eph. 2:8-10 gives us light on salvation by grace. 

2. What part does works have in our Spiritual walk of life? 



YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR MAY 1986 

May 4 - Accountability - Luke 16:19-31; Ezek. 18:20; Rom. 14:12. 

1. For what and whom was the rich man living? 

2. What part of the rich man's life went along to the eternal 
world? 

May 11 - Mothers- Ruth 1:1-22. 

1. What kind of example did Naomi give to her son's wives? 

2. What two great individuals descended from Ruth? 

May 18 - The Parable of the Wheat and Tares - Matt. 13:24-43. 

1. Were the tares in the wheat a cause of neglect? 

2. Were the tares and the wheat harvested together? 

3. Why were they permitted to grow together until the harvest? 

May 25 - The Temptation of Christ - Luke 4:1-19. 

1. When does temptation come to individuals? When we are 
weak or strong? 

2. Does God tempt us? Or does it come from another source? 
James 1:13-15. 



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VOL. LXIV MAY 1,1986 NO. 9 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
Scriptural in practice. the world and preach the gospel. 

OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

WHICH LOVED HER BEST? 

"I love you, Mother," said little John, 

Then forgetting work, his cap went on, 
And he was off to the garden swing, 

Leaving his mother the wood to bring. 

"I love you, Mother," said rosy Nell, 

"I love you better than tongue can tell." 
Then she teased and pouted full half the day, 

Till her mother rejoiced when she went to play. 

"I love you : Mother," said little Fan; 

"Today I'll help you all I can; 
How glad I am that school doesn't keep! 

So she rocked the babe till it fell asleep. 

Then stepping softly, she took the broom, 
And swept the floor and dusted the room. 

Busy and happy all day was she, 
Helpful and cheerful as child can be. 

"I love, Mother," again they said, 

Three little children going to bed; 
How do you think that mother guessed 

Which of them really loved her best? 

- Author Unknown 



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THEY CALL HER BLESSED 

Proverbs 31 :28, "Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her 
husband also, and he praiseth her." 

There are many politicians, authors, artists and others who 
would love to have the honor and praise that is so freely given 
mothers. Mothers have not sought these honors, but they have 
been freely given them. Those following worldly occupations do 
many deeds so they might garner some little bit of the same kind of 
attention from their fellows. 

Mothers, of course, do not gain that honor by inaction and 
inattention to their motherly duties. While both father and mother 
have their part in the conception and birth of a child, it is the 
mother who must pass through the "valley of the shadow of death" 
to bring that child to birth. She is due honor just for that extra- 
ordinary feat. Her body must bear many discomforts during 
pregnancy and must bear many pains and sufferings during labor 
and delivery. Many mothers have given their lives to bring their 
children into the world. There are other physical discomforts the 
mother must face in nursing and caring for her newborn. She must 
endure interrupted sleep and discomfort in caring for that child. 

Mother's honor, though, does not come merely because of her 
physical activity. To bear a child does not automatically mean a 
woman is due a true mother's honor. Some have borne children 
with unholy attitudes and for unholy purposes. They have under- 
taken the task unwillingly and, perhaps, unwittingly. Raising a 
child demands a diligence of mind and spirit that goes beyond the 
physical travail of giving birth. 

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A mother bears a great responsibility in the molding of the child. 
His attitudes, personality and digligence may be largely fashioned 
by her training. Her own attitudes may overwhelm the lessons that 
she gives by word. Her respect toward her husband can shape how 
her children grow up with respect for their parents and assume 
their proper roles in their own future homes. She may instill in 
them the right feelings toward God and the Church. There are so 
many ways, she influences her children. She can influence their 
natural lives. Her example will influence her children's choices of 
lifemates, occupations and recreations. She will also have an 
influence upon their Spiritual lives. With that influence she may 
very well help to determine their eternal destiny. 

Mother certainly carries a large responsibility in bearing and 
raising her family. If she has performed her duty well, she will reap 
the plaudits of her children as they mature and realize what effort 
she has bestowed upon them. If she has failed to fulfill all her 
duties, they can at least honor her for the danger she faced in 
bringing them into the world. 

Not only will children call her blessed, but her husband also 
honors her. It is often said that parents, who wish to show their 
children love and how to love, do so best by loving and respecting 
each other. Mothers can do so much to foster the proper attitude 
and order in the home. 

The attitude the wife shows outside the home also can be either 
helpful or hurtful. If she is disrespectful of her husband when away 
from him, she will harm his position before his co-workers, com- 
munity and children. She may damage his reputation through light 
chatter that reflects upon him. 

The wife who respects her husband in all of her deeds and 
attitudes will be doing not only him but herself a large favor. Such 
a wife and mother, as described by the Wise Man, will be readily 
praised by her husband. Husbands, who do not realize or appreci- 
ate what such wives do for them, are lacking in proper concern for 
their wives. For them to speak lightly or jestingly of their wives is to 
betray an absence of true character. The Wise Man says that the 
husband of such a wife will call her blessed. He should honor her 
at every opportunity, privately and publicly. 

The wife described by Solomon was a very busy woman doing 
for her household. She did for her husband and children. It was 
not only in deeds but through attitudes conveyed to them. Her 
husband could safely trust in her. Her children could look up to 
her. Mothers, today, may not do the exact same things as this 
particular woman but they can do similar deeds. Whatever she 
does she can earn the praise and honor of her family. If she gains 
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gains only the world's honors but loses her family's she will be poor 
indeed. 

May each Christian mother strive to perform these sacred duties 
within her household, so she may have not only the blessings of 
her husband and children but of the Lord as well. 

SUBSTITUTE MOM 

Proverbs 31 

"I miss my Mom, and I'll sure be glad when she's home." "I want 
my Mama — right now!" How many times have you heard such 
a remark? It frequently comes from the very young, but many also 
come from older ones. Moms hold a special place in a child's heart 
and rightly so. Why? Because Mom is there when no one else is. 
She is a one-person support group and sticks with us through good 
times and bad. She understands when no one else does, and even 
when she doesn't, she'll still listen when no one else will. 

Generally speaking, Moms are trustworthy. They have worth- 
while goals, a proper sense of responsibility, and are ambitious 
about fulfilling their roles. Moms are concerned about the welfare 
of others, and when possible, give help to needy neighbors and 
friends. Moms are an asset to the family, with their wisdom, 
kindness, strength of spirit. They are to be honored and respected, 
and encouraged by others. "Let her own works praise her in the 
gates." 

Moms are not perfect, but they do have special gifts and special 
places to fill in life. Sometimes we still need a mother when we are 
no longer a child, someone with whom we can share and ask for 
guidance. We need someone who will listen without judging or 
loading us down with ill-chosen advice. Moms can serve as 
counsellors even after their initial responsibilities of child-care are 
completed. They can encourage us to think and to use common 
sense in solving problems. 

But what do we do when Mom is unavailable, or no longer on this 
earth? There is where a "substitute Mom" comes in. She could be 
a trusted friend, a relative, or whoever you can safely confide in. A 
"substitute Mom" can help to fill your void in your life by her 
kindness, understanding, and her prayerful concern. She may 
serve as a counsellor, or as a listener, but whichever you need, the 
fact that she cares and shares your concerns is most important. 

Ruth had a "substitute Mom", and she was a good one. Naomi 
must not have been a bit like the typical "mother-in-law" tales we 
hear, for she treated Ruth as her own. She had Ruth's best interest 
at heart, and showed to Ruth that she really cared. Naomi was 
grieved because Ruth was a widow so early in life (see Ruth 1:13), 



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and she urged Ruth to return to her own people. Ruth was 
determined, however, to stay with Naomi (see v. 16-18), an 
important decision which Naomi honored. 

Ruth, counselled by Naomi, presented herself to Boaz according 
to their customs, and eventually became his wife. Ruth and Boaz 
were the great-grandparents of King David, all part of the lineage of 
Christ. Ruth is one of the few Gentile women named in an other- 
wise Jewish lineage. This was a special honor for Ruth, made 
possible because she had chosen to heed the counsel of her 
"substitute Mom". 

Most of us will not have such a notable experience as Ruth did, 
but sharing with a "substitute Mom" is no less important. When- 
ever and by whomever guidance and support is given, it helps us be 
more like Jesus wants us to be. Sharing our faith, our burdens and 
cares, both strengthens and refreshes us. It gives us emotional 
support, which we all need. When our own Moms are not available 
or can't help us, we should ask God to direct us to someone who 
can. 

We have read often in Titus 2:3-4 that the older women are to 
teach the younger. This responsibility goes beyond our immediate 
families, so if someone seeks your help, make yourself available. 
You're needed! Many young mothers are nearly overwhelmed by 
their burdens, and they need extra support. Some have special 
needs which can't be shared with just anyone, and your help as a 
"substitute Mom" may be just what is best then. 

Being a "substitute Mom" doesn't guarantee you any special 
honors, but knowing you have done what you can makes it worth- 
while. You can pray, you can listen and try to understand. You can 
be thoughtful and considerate, just as a mother normally would. At 
certain times, those closest to the problem can do the least. Then, 
a "substitute Mom" can be especially helpful. Will you be one? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

May 1, 1926 
CHRISTIAN WOMEN'S RELATION TO THE SIMPLE LIFE 

Ruth Drake 

Women have a larger part to play in the simple life than many of 
them ever realize. Many, many of us would not be enjoying the 
peace that comes from true service to Christ, in real simplicity if we 
had not received the right example from our mothers. Would to 
God that every mother realized how far her teachings carried 
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example respect and love for Christ's commands she cannot hope 
to see them carried out by the coming generations. We as mothers, 
must, with God's help, build such a stronghold around our young 
people that they may be able to resist the call of the world when 
they are once left to decide their own questions of right and wrong. 

I wonder what the effect is on our children if they know we do not 
believe in bobbed hair because the New Testament is opposed to it 
and yet we bob the babies and smaller girls hair. We probably think 
"Oh well they are little and they will let it grow out when they get 
big" but I am afraid Satan smiles to himself whenever he gets a 
Christian mother that way about bobbed hair. Some say that if we 
are too strict with children when they are young they will be more 
likely to rebel at the commands of the Bible than if we allow them 
more freedom. Such is the exception rather than the rule for we 
cannot expect children to believe what they have not been taught. 
If Christian women everywhere were following Christ's commands 
regarding the simple life it would be a wonderful incentive for the 
younger girls to fall in line. It is the half-hearted service and the 
attempt of so many to be Christians and yet follow all the fashions 
of the world that lead our young people astray. Suppose a mother 
talks "the simple life" to her children and yet when she makes her 
own or their clothes she follows all the latest styles, and adds all the 
unnecessary trimmings Madam Fashion demands. You can answer 
the question without any aid as to what the results will be. The 
simple life will not mean anything if practice does not proceed 
teaching. 

The story was told recently of a Dunkard mother who with her 
daughter was entertaining a lady of the world one afternoon. 
During the conversation they were admiring the lady's hat and the 
mother told her daughter to put it on. She then told her how nice 
she looked in it. The result was that in a short time the daughter 
was wearing a hat. Who was to blame? If the Christian women of 
today who are lamenting the fact that the Dunkard church is 
getting away from the simple life would only do more by example it 
would help in future years. Can we expect our girls to keep their 
character clean if we as Christian mothers allow them to wear the 
sleeveless dresses and immodestly low necks of today or do the 
same ourselves? How can they know the danger of wearing their 
dresses in that condition if we sanction their actions and do not 
explain? If they go wrong at whose door do you think God will 
place the blame? 

Dear Christian mothers let's make the most of those few short 
years when the boys and girls are entirely under our care. The old 
adage, "As the twig is bent so is the tree inclined" is not so far 
wrong after all. The Catholics say, "Give them a child for the first 



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six years of its life and they are sure of its being Catholic the rest of 
its life." If that is true of them what is the matter with our training 
mothers and fathers, too? 

Now dear Christian women who are not mothers don't think you 
have no responsibility. Your influence is being thrown on all sides 
and some younger girl is watching you thinking to herself that you 
are her idea! and if you sidestep she is apt to do the same. May 
God help each of us as Christian women to see the responsibility 
which Christ has placed upon each of us. He depends upon his 
children here in this world to carry out his work. How it grieves our 
mother hearts when our children disobey and how much more 
must it grieve Christ's great loving heart when we disobey. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

men in the church 

It has been my concern for some time that the Brethren of the 
conservative churches have been somewhat negligent in assuming 
their God given responsibilities and this situation has led to 
confusion of both men and women as to who is responsible for 
certain functions in the church. 

If ever there was a time in the history of the Church that we need 
strong men who are willing to take up the challenge of God 
ordained leadership, it is today. 

Today is not so much different than it was in the time of Elijah. 
He lived in a day when people seemed to worship God with their 
mouth but did not serve Him with their hearts. Instead, they were 
serving the gods of self desire and lust. To overcome this problem, 
it took a man of great strength, allowing God to use him in total 
commitment in service. 

God has established the basic standards for the Christian life and 
the Church is required to maintain these standards. To do this, a 
man must be consistent and strong in his convictions. He must 
have a great faith and be strong in grace as well as mighty in his 
spirit. He must be able to explain, with love and commitment, the 
requirements of God for His people and help people to gain a 
desire to serve in obedience. 

So many times men approach people in an unChristlike manner 
and then do not understand why positive response and actions are 
not a result of that contact. Rather than helping to have a right 
understanding of God and a proper self image in relation to Christ, 
men give negative commands and elicit negative responses. To 
make someone feel inferior is to make that person insecure. The 
man of God must be able to be seen as dependable and should 
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Could one of the problems with male leadership today be that we 
feel that people should serve in the Church out of fear... not only 
the fear of God but also the fear of ourselves? Men fulfilling their 
Christian responsibility of leadership can not elict action of other 
members in this way. Instead, it only destroys confidence in both 
that leader and the system of authority. 

Men in the Church need to look at priorities. Priorities lead to 
actions implemented as a result of convictions. Positive action 
elicits positive reaction. Pressure and wrong leadership signals 
lead to resentment by the church members. 

It is the role of the men with leadership responsibility to instill 
confidence in the Church and in God. Many children literally get 
their understanding of God through the actions of adult males with 
whom they associate. If a child sees a weak, unstable, unre- 
sponsive man, what kind of image does he have in his mind as to 
what his role should be when he grows to maturity? Weakness 
breeds weakness. Strength engenders strength. 

Men in the Church must be filled with self-control. Self-control 
leads to self-respect and the respect of others. It leads to a feeling 
of confidence by the Church and its response will be TOWARD 
OBEDIENCE and against compromise. 

The Church needs men today to pay attention to details, both in 
the worship service as well as in personal relationships. They must 
be attentative to doctrine, to teaching, to creating an environment 
in which there is a desire to live with high ideals. 

Where are the Apostle Pauls who are willing to suffer profoundly 
for the brethren and sisters? Where are the Daniels who will 
influence the world with zealousness toward God? Where are the 
Abrahams who are strong in faith and will not stagger at the 
promise of God through unbelief? Where are the John the 
Baptists... waxing strong in spirit? These are the traits the Church 
needs in a profound way today. Men who will sense God's 
presence and act and react as a result of true Spirit leading. Men 
who understand the deep things of God as well as the structure of 
the emotions. Men who comprehend the great height and depth of 
God's love. Men who are willing to work at motivating others to 
greater heights of Christian living rather than depressing the spirit 
of others. Men who can be respected by other men, women and 
children as they build their lives around solid Christian principles. 
Men with wisdom! 

Can we estimate the damage that might have been done to the 
Church because we men have not understood and grasped the role 
as leaders which Christ expects of us? But is it too late? I don't 
believe so. God has ordained men in each generation to work His 
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toward her goal. We must recognize God's reproofs for wrong that 
have come in chaotic lack of unity in this age. We must relieve 
ourselves of selfish motives for self advancement instead of the 
advancement of the overall good of the Church. We must put the 
humanistic influences of greed and selfishness away from our lives 
and give sacrificially for the cause of the Kingdom. We must, in 
summary, LEAD. Leading will show the women of the Body our 
place and their position in the fellowship. It will give young people 
and children correct, godly, role models. It will bring a strength 
and vitality back into the Body that will allow us to effectively use 
the human resources around us. Is it worth the effort? Can we 
detect the early warnings of rebellion that we are warned will come 
if we do not remain committed to living and leading by God's true 
standards? Let us be men... men of discernment... men of 
obedience, MEN OF GOD. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 

WHY, ME? WHY, LORD? WHY, US? 

Are these the questions you ask when accidents happen or 
things do not go according to your plans? Do you get angry and 
go off on your own, or do you go to the Lord? Do you seek Him for 
guidance, or fight it on your own? 

Would these three questions be the questions you ask when your 
doorbell rings with a stranger at your door, and the stranger says, 
"Your son has been in an accident. He is hurting real bad and we 
do not know if he will live. He was flown to Shock Trauma." What 
would your reaction be? Would you be angry at God? Or would 
you pray, "Lord help us through, guide and direct us." 

We looked at each other and our daughters, cried some, then I 
said, "We can only pray." The girls left the boys sleep, but this 
became the longest night we ever went through. I never really 
understood fully what was meant with "Pray without ceasing." I 
learned that night. We were praying constantly. It seemed the 
clock went so slow. 

After arriving at the hospital we waited two hours to talk to the 
doctors. It was 1 1 :00 Friday morning before we could see Ben. The 
following three months were the most trying and agonizing ordeal 
of our lives. There is a song, "One Day at a Time" I love to hear. 
These three months we learned all about living one day at a time. 
We never knew from day to day what the outcome would be. Will 
you gain a step or will you lose a step? Would the doctor say, "I'm 
sorry, there is not much to do, but pray that God will make things 
right."? 

The night of the accident we prayed and handed Ben into God's 



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hands. "He is yours, do with him according to thy will. We will try 
to understand whatever happens." We also said, "Lord I am yours", 
and asked for strength. "Lord hold Ben in your arms and comfort 
him." 

We were told that at this time the hospital staff saw our faith and 
they started three prayer chains that went around the clock. They 
were made up of doctors, nurses, assistants, therapists, and house- 
keeping personnel. 

The following three months were more waiting to fix the left main 
broncus stem to his lung. Then came eight weeks in the rehab 
hospital. Eight days at home. Then Ben got sick and was in the 
York Hospital for three weeks. He came home March 6, 1986. Ben 
still needs a lot of therapy and tutoring. He also needs several 
surgeries. 

Why us? I was brought closer to the Lord. The children were 
really taught the value of prayer. Ben's friends said they knew 
about prayer but through this they learned HOW to pray. Ben's dad 
came to the Lord. We have heard of others that came to the Lord 
because of Ben's accident. We all became stronger in the Lord. So 
why not? We do not ask those questions. We just praise, thank, 
and give God the glory for sending Ben back to us. 

Our hearts were touched from all that you have done. Just 
saying thanks does not seem enough. It is beyond words. Ben 
received over four hundred get well cards, two scrapbooks, love 
gifts, sunshine box, and many others. We thank you for all of these 
but most of all we thank you and appreciated each and everyone's 
prayers. We give God the honor and praise and say, "Thank You, 
God. Praise the Lord." Our hearts go out to all of you. May God 
richly bless you. 

In Christian Love and Prayers, 

Brother Dennis and Sister Alice Keeny 

and family 

Ben, Susan, Linda, Bill and David 

PRAISE OUR OMNIPRESENT GOD! 

Depression and discouragement spotted an opportunity — and 
grabbed it — to raise their destroying heads inside my heart. 
Overcome with self-pity, I allowed them to control me for a time. I 
paced dejectedly around the house, tears streaming down my 
cheeks, and outward sign of my inner turmoil. Just as I was 
thinking I was alone in a deep, dark valley with no hope of getting 
out, God spoke. He manifested Himself to me through the voice of 
a little four-year-old child. "Don't cry, Mommy. Jesus loves you. 
Jesus lives in your heart!" Glancing down, I saw the uplifted face of 
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dropped to my knees, took her into my arms, and whispered, 
"Thank You, Jesus." 

But now, the battle was on. Depression and discouragement 
would not give up so easily. They strengthened their attack. Those 
demonic forces became more persistent, determined to have their 
way in my life. 

"Don't cry, Mommy. Jesus loves you. Jesus lives in your heart!" 
The words came to me again and again, until my soul cried, 
"Hallelujah! Jesus DOES love me! Jesus IS with me!" 

The thrusts of the enemy gradually became weak and timid as I 
meditated on those words and spoke them aloud. "Jesus lives in 
my heart!" Finally, Satan was gone, defeated by the GREAT KING, 
the Maker of my soul! Jesus had helped me fight the battle, and we 
had come through victorious! 

Isn't it EXCITING to know that God is with us at ALL TIMES! 
God told Moses, "... My presence shall go with thee, and I will give 
thee rest." (Ex. 33:14) Those words are for us, too! We can be 
CONFIDENT, and say with CONVICTION, "God is our refuge and 
strength, a very PRESENT help in trouble." (Ps. 46:1) Like David, 
we can praise God for His omnipresence. "Whether shall I go from 
Thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up 
into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou 
art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the 
uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and 
Thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall 
cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness 
hideth not from Thee; but the night shineth as the day: the 
darkness and the light are both alike to Thee." (Ps. 139:7-12) 

How WONDERFUL! How MARVELOUS! Doesn't it make you 
want to jump up and SHOUT FOR JOY? What a GREAT GOD we 
have! Amen! 

Sister Julie Litfin 
Quinter, Kansas 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Bible, God's Revelation 
J. H. Moore 

The Bible not only supplies the spiritual cravings of man, but it 
bears upon its face the unmistakable evidence of an Inspired 
Volume. It is made up of sixty-six books, written by half as many 
men, who lived at different periods of the world's history, and in 
different parts of the earth. They wrote at widely different times, 
under different circumstances, and for different purposes. From 
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the last book of the New Testament was completed, nearly sixteen 
hundred years rolled by. These different authors were men ofjl 
various occupations and attainments. Among them were kings,!: 
prophets, judges, scribes, shepherds, military officials, poets, tax-| 
gatherers, college graduates, fishermen and physicians. Some!' 
were men of polished literary attainments, while others were|i 
favored with only an ordinary education. As each man wrote, he] 
was guided by the Holy Ghost; and so the Bible comes down to us[i 
with the Holy Spirit and God behind it. We need not offer special! 
evidence in support of its Divine Authenticity. What is it ac-j 
complishing in the conversion of men and women, and in making I 
the world better, to say nothing of its perfect adaptation to thej; 
needs of man, is ample proof of its claims as the Revealed Will of| 
the Most High. As has well been said: 

"This Book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way 
of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers. Its 
doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, 
and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be 
safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food 
to support you and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, 
the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the 
Christian's charter. Here Paradise is restored, heaven opened, and 
the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand object, our good its 
design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rulei 
the heart and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently and! 
prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a Paradise of glory and a river of j 
pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened in the judgment, and 
will be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility,- 
will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle withj 
its sacred contents." 

THE DANGER OF SELF LOVE 

Luke 10:27-28, "And he (a certain lawyer) answering said, Thou 
shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, 
and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as 
thyself. And he (Jesus) said unto him, Thou hast answered right: 
this do, and thou shalt live." 

Matthew 16:24-26, "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any 
man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, 
and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and 
whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a 
man profited if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own 
soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" 

Suicide is on the increase especially among young people. Many 
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throwing up their hands in defeat and declaring that life is no 
longer worth the struggle so why try to better ourselves spiritually 
and financially. 

In the midst of this chaos comes a word of seeming new hope. 
"We have too long thought negatively about ourself. Jesus Christ 
taught that we should love ourself." And, indeed, Jesus told the 
lawyer that he was right when he stated that we should love our 
neighbor as ourself. There is a need to realize that IN CHRIST we 
can be what God desires us to be. We must also realize that while 
we are in this body we will never reach complete perfection. Satan 
will try to discourage a Christian by bringing up past sins in his life. 
But if a sin is confessed it is under the blood of Jesus Christ and 
God says He will remember it no more. 

First of all, let us ask the question, is there any time when a 

Christian should not feel good about himself? If there is an area of 

.our lives where we are not loving God with all our heart, with all our 

soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind then we should not 

| feel good in these areas. But is it possible to do this while in our 

imortal bodies? We believe the answer is an obvious, "no". In 

Philippians 4:13 Paul states, "I can do all things through Christ 

, which strengtheneth me." It is not feeling good about ourself, as 

jthe positive thinking preachers proclaim, but realizing that we must 

.continually put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. In Philippians 

|3:14 Paul expressed it this way, "I press toward the mark for the 

prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." 

Rather than "pressing toward the mark" self love states that we 
[should be content with where we are. It states that once we have a 
fpositive feeling about ourself then we can succeed in our spiritual 
endeavors. But in our second opening verse Christ declared that 
we must deny ourself. It is no longer popular to recognize that we 
are a needy people. In Romans 7:24, Paul laments, "O wretched 
man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" 
This was AFTER Paul had his glorious salvation experience on the 
road to Damascus. His answer is. "I thank God through Jesus 
Christ our Lord." So now Paul was thinking pretty good about 
himself? If the verse ended here we could surmise that after we are 
Christians we should love ourself and no longer worry about our 
sinful nature. But Paul does not end here. He continues. "So then 
with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the 
law of sin." Paul still saw himself as "O wretched man that I am!" 
Modern versions have muddied the waters by leaving off an 
jimportant part of the next verse, Romans 8:1. "There is therefore 
no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, WHO WALK 
NOT AFTER THE FLESH, BUT AFTER THE SPIRIT." Uncon- 
ditional eternal security teachers love to quote this verse 
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teachers. 

We now come to a seeming paradox. In Romans 8:8-9 Paul says 
that the flesh can not please God, but if the Spirit of Christ dwells in 
us we are not in the flesh. Is Paul contradicting himself? No, he is 
teaching substitutary perfection. "IN CHRIST," is the most 
important phrase. If the Spirit of Christ is in us then we are in 
Christ. Here is where the self love teaching falls short. We can not 
"fan the spark of fire within us" as these self love individuals 
proclaim. As Isaiah 64:6 proclaims, "But we are all as an unclean 
thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags;..." It is the 
righteousness of Jesus Christ that we can glory in, not our own 
goodness. 

With the self love teaching has come the idea that God does not 
care what we do with our bodies as far as outward appearance is 
concerned. We are to "be beautiful" like the world describes 
beauty. Have we come to the point where we are more concerned 
about "gaining the whole world" than losing our own soul? We 
are glad that God will be the final judge. But God did not put 
instructions concerning modest apparel and length of hair in the 
scriptures because He had nothing better to do. Self iove provides 
excuses while Christ demands we take up our cross and follow 
Him. 

We can rejoice in our salvation. We ARE a special people. There 
is no reason for dismay. Jesus Christ can carry us through all our 
problems. We can be "proud in the Lord." But we must be very 
careful that we do not see our own strength as being sufficient. 

Are you weary and heavy laden? Do you wish there was more to 
life? We have a Savior who wishes to be in control of your life. If 
you are unsaved this is the most important decision you can make. 
Heaven or Hell lies in the balance. If you are a Christian allow 
Jesus Christ to truly be Lord. Do not fall for the trap of self love. 

James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 

MARRIAGE 

EBERLY- SINES 

Bro. Roger Eberly, son of Bro. and Sis. Paul Eberly, Smithsburg, 
Maryland and Sis. Jeanne Sines, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Ronald 
Sines, Frostburg, Maryland were united in marriage April 5, 1986. 
The wedding service was held at Broadwater Chapel, Savage River, 
Maryland. The service was performed by Elder Allen Eberly. 

The couple is residing at 30 Richmond St., Apt. 7, Hagerstown, 
Maryland 21740. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 
June7- 11, 1986 

Directions to the Ohio Missionary Church Camp Grounds at 
Ludlow Falls, Ohio which is on Route 48 just north of junction 
Route 55. All those traveling Interstate 75 coming from north or 
south get off at Route 55, and go west to Ludlow Falls. Those 
traveling Interstate 70 from east or west get off at Route 48, and 
proceed north (approximately 8 miles) to grounds. Those coming 
from north on Route 127, take Route 571 to Route 55 and proceed 
to grounds. 

By plane, come to Cox Municipal Airport, Dayton, and call the 
campgrounds for someone to pick you up. The telephone number 
is 698-3079. Those coming by bus, come to Dayton and call the 
campground number. Please bring your own bedding. There will 
be room for campers. Campers will be appreciated in helping to 
care for lodging. 

If you do not already have your reservations in, please do so now. 
Send to: 

Bro. Tom St. John 

R. 1 Box 62 

Alvordton, Ohio 43501 

(419) 924-5242 

or 

Bro. Don Hostetler 
5855 Sweet Potato Ridge Road 
Englewood, Ohio 45322 
(513) 832-3136 

or 

Bro. Paul Stump 
10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, Ohio 45322 
(513) 836-6559 



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When the prodigal son left home he said, "Father give me." 
When he returned home he said, "Father make me." 

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VOL. LXIV 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



HOW WOULD WE STAND? 

If a person were handed a penny 

For each smile that they've given away; 

For each kind word or help that they've offered 

As they go through their life, day by day; 

If a person were given a penny 
For each time that they've made someone laugh; 
And a penny for prayers that they've lifted 
In a friend or a stranger's behalf; 

We'd probably be doing quite well; 

But what if, by the same token, 

We had to return just one penny 

For each time a harsh word we've spoken? 

For each time we've spread bits of gossip; 
For each time we could have helped more; 
How would we stand at the end of our lives? 
Would we be quite rich.... or quite poor? 

- Kay Bowman 

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THY SPEECH BEWRAYETH THEE 

Although Peter attempted to deceive those who warmed them- 
selves with him, by his words, he failed because his speech gave 
him away. Peter was cold, not only physically but Spiritually as 
well. The heat of the fire could warm his body but not his soul. He 
was more interested in his body's temperature than in Jesus, whom 
he had followed afar off. His concern for his body's welfare 
brought him into contact with others who were only interested in 
Jesus because of curosity. 

To them Jesus appeared to be a criminal. Any associate of His 
would also appear suspect. Peter did not want to be thought a 
criminal nor a friend of a criminal. When his fireside companions 
began to link him with Jesus, he became desperate. What would he 
do if they asked? He didn't have long to think about it. They began 
one by one to ask this stranger about what, if any, relationship he 
had with this Jesus. In the desperation of wanting to appear 
normal and not radical, he denied he knew Jesus or was associated 
with Him. 

Surely, by his words they would be satisfied that he was not a 
companion of Jesus. But he forgot that his words revealed far 
more than he supposed. His words revealed his origins. He was 
Galilean. His speech differed from that of the local inhabitants. 
Jesus was known as a Galilean so surely this Galilean fisherman 
must be associated with Him. Although he could deny the 
association, his speech had bewrayed him. 



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The word "bewray" means to expose, divulge or betray. His 
speech patterns, if not the very words he spoke, gave him away. He 
was a Galilean fisherman and soon he spoke in curses and 
swearing like the fisherman he was. 

Does our speech "bewray" us? Does it tell more about us than 
we might wish to have known? Peter's speech showed where he 
was from. Does our speech show that we are a follower of Jesus? 
Does both the content and the attitude of our talking show that we 
have been with Jesus? 

The Bible has many admonitions concerning our speaking. 
There are warnings against foolish jesting, against blasphemy and 
against denying the Lord. Words of hatred, variance and division 
are not to be used. Rather, words of love, agreeableness and 
solidarily are to be spoken. The key to the Christian's speech is 
that his words agree with the attitude that he conveys. 

Words can become mere empty vessels telling wonderful things 
but lacking in sincerity. Unfortunately even Christians can speak 
empty words. Often politicians are cited for their overly-diplo- 
matic, self-serving manner of speaking so as to enlist the support 
of the most people possible. Yet Christians may in a similar way 
speak great swelling words that are empty of true feeling or force. 
These words or phrases are called "platitudes." They are phrases 
that have been used over and over until they become meaningless 
except to be diplomatic and self-serving. When these words are 
spoken with nothing behind them they become condemnatory 
rather than helpful. 

The Christian must be careful about his speech. While he must 
speak of the timeless story of salvation and those things that 
accompany it, he must be careful that he does not slip into the use 
of well meaning but empty phrases. A sermon full of platitudes will 
perhaps entertain as oratory but will be flat as Spiritual food. 

When Peter denied his Lord, he slipped back into his old habits. 
He became in that moment of untruth, a Galilean fisherman again. 
His words became profane and offensive. The Christian whose life 
does not match his speech also may appear as he was in the past. 
The old man may overcome the better intentions of his profession. 
It will be more than likely that it will be his words that will reveal his 
insincerity. 

Although we are to believe with our hearts, it is the mouth that is 
to make confession of what we believe. We can have hearts full of 
love but unless it is spoken in both word and deed, no one else will 
know about it. If we speak of love or faith without posessing them 
we have again become false just like Peter. To falsely claim what is 
not ours is just as dishonest as denying we are companions of 



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Jesus. Either way our speech will betray us. 

Be careful what you say, for your speech will as surely bewray 
you as Peter's did him. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

The kind of person God wants me to be... AVAILABLE 

This is the beginning of a series of articles that will, Lord willing, 
take us through the remainder of 1986. If we are going to build 
Christian character, we must understand what the attributes of that 
character are and how we implement them in our life. We have 
begun these lessons with AVAILABILITY because it seems to be 
the beginning of becoming the kind of person God wants me to be. 

We must become accessible to the desires of God. And even 
though I encourage being busy Christians, the busy person is not 
always the most available to Him. We see Martha being busier than 
Mary as Jesus visited their house, but Mary became more available. 
This might illustrate to us that just being busy is not always being 
available. The available person is sensitive to what God is saying 
and is ready and willing to respond. Remember that the Priest and 
Levite who passed by the man who was injured in the road were 
busy... but they were not available. Only the Good Samaritan was 
willing to change his schedule to meet the need of someone else. 

Our availability to God and to others arises out of God's owner- 
ship of us. We are not our own. (I Cor, 6:20) We are God's 
possession and He may use us in any way that he chooses. To be 
available, then, is to relinquish personal rights and not to fence 
ourselves in with so many personal activities that we are too busy 
to hear the call of God. 

Some people are caught up in their secular activities so fully that 
they really don't care if God IS calling. Ball games, school 
activities, social affairs and even work-a-day lives keep us from 
yielding ourselves as instruments of righteousness. (Romans 6:13) 

When we are commanded to die to self, we understand that we 
will then be available to God. Discipleship is literally "... all of Thee 
and none of me..." And remember, availability is not just running 
around looking religious but it rather is being sensitive to His call 
and doing those things He requires of you. 

Abraham was a man with a secure, if not a smug life. But when 
the call of the unknown came to him, he IMMEDIATELY made 
himself available. Not only was he available but he was willing to 
give up that which was most precious to him to be obedient to 
God's instruction. What will we give up today for the cause of 
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event even to come to a Lovefeast Service. Are our priorities in the 
world or are they in the Lord? 

Mary became the "handmaid of the Lord" when she was given 
the seemingly impossible task of giving birth to the Messiah. She 
made herself available to the Holy Spirit and God did the rest. 

The disciples were busy men but when Jesus called them, they 
made themselves available. And you know what? They had to 
leave their business interests to make that commitment. Some 
people can not become available because their business is the 
most important thing in the world to them. They can't seem to see 
that the Lord has something far better for them... so they keep 
holding on to their nets rather then dropping them and following 
Jesus. 

Remember the men who said they would follow Jesus AFTER 
they did a variety of other activities? These men were never 
available for Jesus. Do you suppose in some way they were not 
only too busy but felt unqualified or lacking in talent? God doesn't 
need super talented people... He needs available people. The 
ABILITY God is looking for is AVAILABILITY. 

There is by nature inconvenience in serving others. That is part 
of the principle of being self giving. 

We become unavailable as a result of sin in our lives. Even as 
Adam and Eve ran and hid from God, so sin causes us to run from 
Him and hide in unavailability. 

Will being available necessarily give you long life? Possible not! 
But it will give you a righteous life. The prophets of the Old 
Testament didn't always live to be old because they dared to stand 
apart from the crowd, the majority of society. Even most of the 
apostles were martyred because they were available to God and as 
a result were not available to society. 

If all of.the members of the church suddenly became available, 
what kind of impact could we make for God in the world today? If 
we didn't "let someone else do it," the work of the church would be 
done with greater ease and efficiency. Let us say with Isaiah, "Here 
am I; send me." Let's not say, "Here am I, send Bill!" You will have 
a unique way of carrying out that responsibility which no one else 
has. 

And needs WILL arise. Why? Because God is going to test us to 
see if we will make ourselves available to Him. Will we pass the 
test? Will the tasks be done because we care? Do you suppose 
that someone else has missed out on a special blessing because 
you were the one who did not carry through with your part of a 
responsibility? If only a few bricks give way in a structure it has the 
capability of collapsing. Don't let the work of the Lord collapse. Be 
the kind of person that God wants you to be. Be AVAILABLE. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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GUILT TRIP 

A merry-go-round or carousel is a fun-thing, a contraption which 
whirls you around, creating lots of motion, but going nowhere. A 
guilt-trip is about the same, setting your mind in a whirl but getting 
you nowhere. It stirs up alot of mental action, but doesn't 
accomplish anything worthwhile. A guilt-trip, like the merry-go- 
round, has no real goal or destination. It doesn't accomplish 
anything, but even so, you must really hang on for the trip or you'll 
be hurt. 

A guilt-trip is always something you send someone else on. It is 
an attempt to make someone feel responsible for a situation, 
whether it's justified or not. It is a means of applying pressure to 
another, to manipulate them or put them on the spot. True guilt 
means one is responsible for certain matters. A guilt-trip is false 
guilt imposed on someone else, and it is always based on selfish or 
unwise reasoning. 

Whenever anyone tries to make you feel guilty, it signifies several 
things. One, he or she thinks he has the answer to your problem, 
namely that it's your fault. Two, if the guilt, hence the responsi- 
bility, can all be shoved off on you, then the problem is no longer 
anyone else's responsibility. Remarks such as "if you had enough 
faith, you'd be healed", or "there must be sin in your life, or God 
would help you" are examples of how we send others on guilt-trips. 

Jesus once healed a man who had been blind from birth. The 
disciples asked, "Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that 
he was born blind?" Matt. 9:2. This man's personal sin couldn't 
have caused blindness at birth. As for his parents, Jesus said they 
weren't at fault either. Yet the disciples had been sure someone 
was guilty, or it wouldn't have happened. The Pharisees were also 
determined to blame someone for something, because it didn't fit 
in their rules. None of this changed the fact that God alone is able 
to render true judgment for He knows all the facts. See I Cor. 4:5. 

Though well-meant, statements such as "you are your unsaved 
spouse's best witness" imply that the Christian spouse has to be 
perfect. Right away, his or her mind starts to whirl, because no 
human being is going to be a perfect example. In the resulting 
frustration, one may give up, or decide he must be super-perfect. A 
woman may try to pressure her husband into a role he's not ready 
for. He then may become resentful, and soon the whole household 
has been "turned upside down", simply because one person sent 
another on a guilt-trip. 

What then has been accomplished by this? It's like a ride on a 
merry-go-round, with lots of action but no positive results. The 
one, already in distress, now has a greater burden and is more 
confused. He or she has been made to feel totally responsible, yet 



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feels very inadequate. The entire family has been disturbed, yet 
they are not quite sure what they did wrong. Not one positive 
action has come from it. Why? Because someone passed 
judgment on another, and dumped the entire responsibility for one 
person's salvation in the lap of another person. 

It is true that we are to be good witnesses and do the best we can, 
but the salvation of a soul is God's work. Jesus is our perfect 
example, not some person, and salvation comes when we person- 
ally accept Jesus into our hearts. A professing Christian may make 
many mistakes, but that is no excuse for anyone to reject Christ 
and continue in sin. To blame a believer for an unbeliever's sinful 
state is a very negative approach to the matter. 

The real reason anyone is unsaved is he or she hasn't accepted 
Jesus. An unbeliever who is not ready to face personal responsi- 
bility for his life often makes excuses based on someone else's 
failure. This transfer of guilt is another form of a guilt-trip. It is 
possible for us to hinder another person spiritually, but each of us 
is still personally responsible to God. "So then everyone of us shall 
give account of himself to God." Rom. 14:12. No amount of 
excuses or blaming others will justify us before God. 

Before you blame others, sending them on a guilt-trip, consider 
some facts. Many found fault with Jesus and the disciples for not 
washing their hands before meals, eating with sinners, and so 
forth. They didn't understand Jesus' work, so they just criticized. 
Very often, that's why we criticize. We don't understand, but we 
give our opinions anyhow, without consideration for those we are 
hurting. The time may come when we will have to say as Joseph's 
brothers did: "We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that 
we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we 
would not hear." Gen. 42:21. 

If you have been in the habit of criticizing, try encouraging 
instead. Forget about sending others on guilt-trips, and consider 
your own responsibility to them. Do all you can to help; don't add 
to their confusion and distress. Any sort of a put-down causes a 
guilty, trapped feeling, and when we are already trying to do our 
best, it hurts when someone blames us for situations beyond our 
control. 

For you who need an up-lift, don't give up. Pray in faith: "But let 
him ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he that wavereth is like a 
wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." James 1:6. And 
keep working: "And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due 
season, we shall reap, if we faint not." Gal. 6:9. The answer will 
come in due time, if you are faithful. Stay off the merry-go-round 
of false guilt, which brings defeat, and look to Jesus Who will give 
you the victory. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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UNRAVELLING THE MYSTERIES OF MUSIC 

Singing is an act of worship to God in which each of us can 
participate. There will be singing in Heaven, and we will be singing 
a new song. I believe it is wise and exciting for us to practice for 
this Heavenly chorus right here and now! Many of us sing to God 
at least every week in our church services, and we should want to 
learn more about how to sing. Since we are expressing our praises 
to the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, we should strive for 
excellence in our singing! Certainly we are not seeking men's 
praise, but striving to bring praises to the Lord of the universe and 
the Savior of our souls. 

For our examples, we will use the 1901 black "Brethren Hymnal" 
because it is widely used among our denomination. For clarifi- 
cation, in this article the word "tune" will refer to the music, and 
"poem" will refer to the words. The word "hymn" will refer to the 
combination of the words and music. Examples of hymn numbers 
where the item under discussion can be found will be indicated in 
parenthesis. 

Turn to Hymn number 1. At the top of the page is the title of the 
book, "THE BRETHREN HYMNAL." Next is the title of the tune, 
which in this case happens to be "Thy Gracious Power." There are 
some rather interesting tune names in our book, such as, 
"Hamburg" (254), "Denning's Creek" (35), "Quinter" (107), and 
"Flora" (119). There is no real rhyme or reason in naming tunes. 
The names come from people, places or subjects. In some cases, 
the first few words of the poem become the tune name. Many 
poems can be sung to more than one tune. Some tunes are used 
more than once in our Hymnal. See "Dennis" (8 and 485), "Duke 
Street" (30 and 64), and "Martyn" (147 and 172). 

To the right of the tune name are the letters, "C.M.D." These 
letters describe the meter. Many hymnals do not have this feature. 
Every poem has some kind of meter. Tunes have meter, also. The 
word "meter" describes the measured arrangement of syllables 
according to stress and length. The meter of the poem must be the 
same as the meter of the tune. The Hymn and Music Committees 
chose what they felt were the most appropriate poems to fit the 
tunes within the guidelines of the meter. 

The letters "C.M.D." stand for "Common Meter Double." This 
means that the meter of the first half of the tune is exactly the same 
as the meter in the second half. Even though the tune is different, 
the words in the first half could easily be sung to the tune in the 
second half of the hymn. The words of Hymn number 1 would fit 
any tune with a "CM. Double" meter. There are fourteen tunes in 
the Black Book with this particular meter. You will see many 



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different meters in the Black Hymnal, such as "7s", "C.P.M.", "8s & 
7s Double", and "1 1s". However "LM." (Long Meter), "CM." 
(Common Meter), and "S.M." (Short Meter) account for well over 
one-third of the hymns in our book. Any "L.M." tune can be 
interchanged with any "L.M." poem. Some are more appropriate 
than others, but the meter is the same. 

Under the title of the tune is a scripture reference. This is helpful 
when trying to find a particular hymn to go with a sermon. 

Under the scripture reference appear two names. The name on 
the left is the author of the poem. To the right appears the 
composer of the tune. 

Some of the tunes in the Brethren Hymnal were arranged from 
Gregorian Chants, which are among the most ancient form of 
church music. These tunes are derived from the songs of the 
earliest Christian worshippers. See "Hamburg" (254), and 
"Olmutz" (221). The next time you sing, "When I Survey the 
Wondrous Cross," permit your mind to wander to the early church. 
Think about Paul and Silas in the jail, as they sang different words 
to some of these very tunes. 

Brother Robert Lehigh 

GENERAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM 

of the 

DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

to be held at 

OHIO MISSIONARY CHURCH CONFERENCE GROUNDS 

LUDLOW FALLS, OHIO 

JUNE 7 thru JUNE 11, 1986 

PREACHING PROGRAM 

SPEAKER SUBJECT TEXT 

Bro. Jan Heisey To Be Supplied 

Bro. Terry Gunderman To Be Supplied 

Eld. Joseph Flora Awake Rom. 10:10-14 

Sunday School 

for Children The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37 

Eld. Paul R. Myers Is there any word 

from the Lord? Jer. 37:4-17 

Eld. Eugene Kauffman Spiritual Vitamins for 

Growing Souls 2 Pet. 3:10-18 



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Sun. P.M. 
Sun. P.M. 

Sun. Eve. 
Sun. Eve. 

Mon. A.M. 



Mon. A.M. 
Mon. P.M. 

Mon. P.M. 
Mon. Eve. 
Mon. Eve. 



Eld. Harley Rush 
Eld. Hayes Reed 

Eld. Warren Smith 
Bro. Fred Piter 
Young People 

Bible Study — 

Adults 

Children 

Bro. Rudy Shaffer 

Bro. Merle Sweitzer 

Bro. Dennis St. John 
Eld. Robert Carpenter 
Eld. Frank Shaffer 



Tues. A.M. Bible Study — Adults 
Children 



Tues. A.M. 
Tues. P.M. 
Tues. Eve. 



Bro. Milton Cook 
Gordon Jamison 
Eld. Galen Litfin 



To Be Supplied 
The Jews and the 
Middle East 
Justification 

Here am I, my son 

Man's sinfulness and the 
provision of Justification 
The Prodigal Son 
To Be Supplied 
Heart Disease in the 
Body of Christ 
Healing Medicines 
To Be Supplied 
All things are 
Ready, Come 

Law, Faith and Works 

A Blind Man 
Receiveth Sight 
Noah 



Gen. 12:1-3, 17:7 &8 
Rom. 5:1-12 

Gen. 22:7 

Rom. 3:1-31 
Luke 15:11-32 



Jer. 30:13 



Matt. 22:4 

Rom. 4:1-25 
James 2:17-26 

John 9:1-38 
Genesis 6 



Decorum Committee — Missionary Program 
Early History of Torreon Mission 



1986 GENERAL CONFERENCE CAMP GROUND RULES 

1. Anyone entering grounds must check in at the Camp office. 

2. No tobacco. 

3. No alcoholic beverages. 

4. No narcotics. 

5. No swearing. 

6. No littering. 

7. Speed Limit 5 m.p.h. 

8. Gates will be closed and general quiet will prevail from 
11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. 

9. The officers of General Conference are authorized to take care 
of any unusual situations as they may see proper. 

Elder Harley Flory 
Chairman of Arrangements 
Committee 1986 



It matters not how a man dies but how he lives. 

It matters not how long a man lives but how well. 

Selected by Sister Emma W. Stauffer 



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PRAISE THE LORD 

The Psalmist David's life was filled with praise, honour and 
thanksgiving to God. He said, "I will praise thee, Oh Lord." In nine 
of his written psalms he starts out with these words, "Praise ye the 
Lord." He said, "O, praise the Lord all ye nations, praise him all ye 
people, for his merciful kindness is great toward us and the truth of 
the Lord endureth forever, Praise ye the Lord." 

David reminds us of the great blessings of the Lord. "Blessed are 
the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of the Lord." Praised 
ye the Lord, blessed is the man that feareth the Lord that delighteth 
greatly in His commandments." David loved the Lord because he 
had heard His voice, his name and had given him the heritage of 
those who fear his name. He had confidence in God's strength 
rather than the armour of flesh. He said that he restoreth his soul 
and leadeth him in the paths of righteousness. He prayed for his 
goodness, asked for protection from his enemies and protection 
for all the children of God. "Sing praises unto his name forever 
sing forth the honour of his name. Make his praise glorious." We 
should obey and praise the Lord. 

The praise of God comes from thankful hearts in honour of His 
righteousness. Praise comes from those who have their trust in 
God. We should have the blessed hope that will lead us to praise 
the Lord more and more. David gives us many exhortations to 
praise, honour and thankfulness to the Lord. He says that he will 
praise the Lord with his whole heart for His works are honorable 
and glorious and His righteousness endureth forever. His heart 
was filled with praise for the Lord. Today we, too, have many 
blessings for which to praise the Lord, and to give Him honour and 
greatfulness. 

David gives us, also, the sad fate of the wicked. He says that the 
fool says in his heart there is no God. "Praise the Lord, Oh my soul 
and forget not all his benefits. Praise him for his wonderful works 
to the children of men." He speaks of the faithful being blessed and 
the wicked being destroyed. "Oh Lord, how excellent is thy name 
in all the earth. Who has set thy glory above the earth. How 
excellent is thy name in all the earth." He praised the Lord for His 
strength and as a fortress against his enemies. 

"Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits." Our 
hearts should be filled and overflowing. "And for his wonderful 
works to the children of men." David said, "Let the sinners be 
consumed out of the earth and let the wicked be no more. Bless 
thou the Lord, O my soul, praise ye the Lord. He has put a new 
song in my mouth even praise unto our Lord. Many shall see it and 
fear and shall trust in the Lord. Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous 



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for praise is continually for the upright. I will bless the Lord at all 
times his praise shall continually be in my mouth. To the end that 
my glory may sing praise to the Lord and not be silent, O Lord, My 
God I will give thanks to thee forever." 

We should: 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, 
Praise Him all creatures here below, 
Praise Him above ye heavenly host, 
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 
"Let every thing that has breath praise the Lord, praise ye the 
Lord." 

David had God's protection from the king of beasts and had 
God's help and protection in winning a victory over the giant. We 
are living in a country that is abundantly blessed with the temporal 
things of life, plus many spiritual blessings. If we accept them all 
we have great reason to "praise God from whom all blessings flow." 

When the Apostle Paul and Silas were imprisoned for their work 
and obedience to the Lord, they sang praises to the Lord. Through 
the power of God, they were released. We could refer to other 
faithful servants of the Lord who had God's protection in this life. 
The most important for us is to have those blessings in this life that 
go on into eternity. Do we realize the importance of the honour 
and praise that we give to our Lord? 

The Apostle Paul said to the Hebrew brethren, "I will declare thy 
name and will sing praise unto thee and offer the sacrifices of 
praise to God continually giving thanks to his name for with such 
sacrifices God is well pleased." We continue to owe praise, honour 
and glory to the Lord for the many blessings that He is extending to 
us. Heaven's glory is prepared for those who continue to live 
faithful in Christ Jesus. Back in the time of the apostles the whole 
congregation praised the Lord for His wonderful works. What is 
being done today for the many bountiful blessings He has given to 
us? We owe a hearty praise to our Lord with thanksgiving and 
honour. "Praise ye the Lord, for all the bountiful blessings He has 
given to us." We are living in a country that is abundantly blessed 
with temporal and spiritual blessings if we accept them. 

I remember in the days of my youth the teachings of God's Word. 
Singing praises unto Him was taught in the home. We have good 
reason to praise the Lord for all the rich blessings that we have 
received during our life. Praise ye the Lord. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
5225 Sundial Loop 
Plant City, FL 33566 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

May 15, 1926 

GOD'S STANDARDS 
L. I. Moss 

Jesus told the disciples, "the word which ye hear is not mine, but 
the Father's who sent me." John 14:24. 

Our love for Jesus is measured by our obedience to the word. 
(John 14:21) "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, 
he it is that loveth me." The result of this kind of love draws out 
toward us, as obedient children the great love of God and Christ, as 
given in the last part of verse 21. 

There is a standard of union and cooperation in verse 20. Let us 
consider a little. 

"In that day ye shall know" Jesus had just taught them of the 
coming of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. This is the time when 
they would know. Know what? I am in my Father, and ye in me, 
and I in you. Wonderful truth, the highest type of union. Upon this 
standard depends the success of a Christian life. Jesus then says 
in verse 23, "If a man loves me he will keep my word, and my Father 
will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with 
him." Just see the companions the child of God may have day by 
day. The Holy Spirit or comforter, God the Father, and Jesus 
Christ. With these companions success is sure to the Christian. 
Love prompts obedience to the word, obedience brings this 
blessed companionship of the God-head. Then we can say with 
Paul (Gal. 2:20) "It is no longer I that live but Christ liveth in me." 

Can I allow Jesus to come into my life and bar God out? Can I let 
God and Jesus in and bar the Holy Spirit out? We must all say, to 
reject one is to reject all. If we lose one as a companion, we lose all. 

Do you think these three persons will abide in a heart when the 
Gospel is barred out? The answer would be no. Neither can we 
take the whole Gospel and bar either person of the God-head out. 

The teaching of the chapter is from God. Then let us compare it 
with that prayer Jesus prayed for the same union and fellowship in 
John 17. I am sure if we take the teachings of this lesson and these 
scriptural texts, and apply them to our personal life, you will not 
need to question the standard of Christian life. Neither can we 
expect God to be pleased with our life if we fail to pattern our life 
after these standards. May God help us so to live that the Holy 
Spirit, Jesus Christ, and God may make their abode with us. 



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THIS IS SPIRITUAL MATURITY 

If you can see a work which you have begun taken from you and 
given to another without feeling bitterness — this is maturity. 

If you can listen to someone criticize you even unkindly, and 
receive instruction from it without hard feelings — this is maturity. 

If you can see another chosen for a job which you yourself are 
better qualified to do, without feeling hurt — this is maturity. 

If you can feel an inward peace from God in an age of frus- 
tration — this is maturity. 

If you can suffer nagging pain or ache still singing and praising 
God, hiding your feelings for the sake of others — this is maturity. 

If you can crawl out of bed at an early hour to pray when you 
would like to sleep, because you realize that here lies power with 
God — this is maturity. 

If you can give yourself to help someone else who needs you 
without having the idea you are a "pretty good fellow" — this is 
maturity. 

Selected by Brother Lynn H. Miller 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Old Testament 
J. H. Moore 

The Bible is divided into two general divisions, — the Old 
Testament and the New Testament. The former, beginning with 
Genesis and closing with Malachi, covers the whole period of the 
world's history from the creation to within about 400 years of 
Christ. For centuries it has been held that the first five books of the 
Old Testament, with the exception of the closing chapter of 
Deuteronomy, were written by Moses, or at least prepared under 
his instruction. In fact, Christ, who knew what he was talking 
about, repeatedly refers to Moses as the author of the books 
containing the law, or the Pentateuch, as these five books are 
commonly called. (See Luke 24:44 and John 5:46-47.) In Mark 
12:26 Jesus calls Exodus "the book of Moses." In the time of Christ 
the Old Testament was divided into three parts — The Law, the 
Prophets, and the Psalms. The authorship of the law was ascribed 
to Moses, while the other parts were assigned to a number of 
authors; but all of the books, constituting the collection, were 
looked upon as inspired. 

The Old Testament gives an account of God's dealings with his 
people during the Old Dispensation, and served its purpose as 
God's revelation to man for this period. Its teachings were more 



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especially adapted to Israel as a nation, and were meant to prepare 
a people for a more advanced revelation. Hence Paul says that "the 
law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ" (Gal. 3:24). In 
preparing a people, and leading them up to Christ, to the higher 
plane, the law has been fulfilled; that is, it has served its purpose. 
Or, as Jesus once said: "The law and the prophets were until John" 
(Luke 16:16), therefore we are no longer under the law of Moses. 
The law, with its rites and ceremonies, has passed away, having 
been disannulled. Like an old institution, it has given place to a 
better covenant, and one "established on better promises" (Heb. 
8:6). And since the Old Testament can not be regarded as our rule 
of faith and practice, we must naturally look to the New Testament. 



NEWS ITEMS 

THANK YOU NOTE 

I want to say thanks to each and every one who sent me cards 
for my birthday. 

Please continue to remember me in your prayers. I also want 
to thank all who visited me from time to time. It is worth so 
much to me. 

Sister Mary Keller 

THANK YOU 

I sincerely want to thank you for the prayers, cards and visits 
plus other gifts of love during my recent confinement from surgery. 
It was greatly appreciated. May God give an added blessing to 
each of you because of your love and concern for others. 

Sister Alice Heisey 



OBITUARY 

ANNA B. JOHNS 

Sister Anna B. Johns, age 76, of East Lincoln Avenue, Lititz, 
Pennsylvania passed away at home unexpectedly, March 7, 1986. 
She had been under a physician's care. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JUNE 1986 

June 1 - Prisoners of Jesus - Philippians 1:1-25. 

1. For what purpose was Paul in prison? 

2. What change had taken place in Onesimus? What brought 
about that change? 

June 8 - The only begotten Son of God - Hebrews 1:1-14. 

1. In what way did God speak to His people in the Old 
Testament? 

2. In what way is Christ greater than the prophets? 
June 15 - Father's Day - Gen. 22:1-13. 

1. As a father, how did Abraham act in obedience to God's 
command? 

2. Who would supply the lamb for the offering? 
June 22 - Temperance - I Corinthians 9:1-27. 

1. How do we define temperance? The Bible tells us we are to 
be temperate in all things. 

2. Is a thing that is legal always right to engage in? 
June 29 - The Great Salvation - Hebrews 2:1-8. 

1. What makes our salvation so great? How does it differ from 
other religions? 

2. What relation are we to Christ when we become a Christian? 

YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 

FOR JUNE 1986 

June 1 - Attire - Deut. 22:5; Isaiah 3:18-23, Matt. 6:25-32; 
. I Tim. 2:8-10. 

1. Does the Bible teach that men and women are to dress alike? 

2. How much thought should be given to our dress? 

June 8 - Spiritual Foundation - Isaiah 28:16; I Cor. 3:10-15; 
I Tim. 6:18-19; II Tim. 2:19-26. 

1. On what are we building? and what makes it sure? 

2. Will it be alright to build on another foundation if we don't 
like the one spoken of in the lesson? 

June 15 - Fathers - Gen. 18:19; Gen. 27: 26-27; I Kings 2:1-4; 
Acts 10:1-4. 

1. What place does or should Father hold in the Home? 

2. What advice did David give his son Solomon in I Kings 2.3. 
June 22 - Christian Armour - Ephesians 6:10-24. 

1. What is the purpose of wearing an armour? 

2. What various parts of the body need protection that are so 
vital? 

June 29 - Temperance - Prov. 23:1-3, 20-23, 29-32; Luke 21:34-36; 
Eph. 5:17-20. 

1. What are some of the dangers of intemperate eating and 
drinking? 

2. In I Cor. 10:31 what should our purpose be in eating and 
drinking? 



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JUNE1, 1986 



NO. 11 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



HELP ONE ANOTHER 

Help us to help each other, Lord, 
Each other's cross to bear; 
Let each his friendly aid afford, 
And feel his brother's care. 

Help us to build each other up, 
Our little stock improve; 
Increase our faith, confirm our hope, 
And perfect us in love. 

Up into thee, the living Head, 
Let us in all things grow, 
Till thou hast made us free indeed, 
And spotless here below. 

Then, when the mighty work is wrought, 
Receive thy ready bride: 
Give us in heav'n a happy lot 
With all the sanctified. 

- Charles Wesley 



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TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE 

The Wise Man, like many others, has seen the value of union. He 
declares that two are better than one. Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. 

It is an obvious fact that most tasks can be completed quicker if 
there are two or more working at it. One by himself can accomplish 
only so much even if he is very diligent. Two may be able to 
accomplish even more than twice as much. 

Solomon described several situations where two were better 
than one. He describes the reward that they will receive for their 
united labor. Each will be rewarded. That reward will probably be 
greater than what each could have earned by his single effort. 
Since they accomplish more together there was more for each. 
This would be true in financial, crops, or other areas where a 
pooling of resources will secure a larger income and bigger profit. 

He also speaks of the help one can be to the other. If one is alone 
and falls there is no one to help him up. If two are there, there is 
one to help him up. If he can not regain his feet he can not 
continue to labor. If it takes a long time to regain momentum he 
will be behind. So with a helper nearby time will not be lost and 
serious injury or even death may be avoided. The work will yield its 
rewards that might otherwise be lost or diminished. 

Cold nights can be very uncomfortable for one who is alone; 
especially if cold-blooded. A cold bed on a cold night is very 
uninviting. Although it may not come quickly the comforting heat 
will be there much sooner when there are two bodies to warm the 
bed. The body heat of each other will contribute to warming the 

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bed and each other. Neither has really lost anything but both have 
gained. 

In the matter of defense it is evident that two are better able to 
withstand an attack than one alone. This is true not only in military 
terms but in other endeavors as well where two can better stand 
against physical or Spiritual enemies together. 

As a last illustration, Solomon speaks of a rope. One strand of 
rope will be strong enough to do certain jobs depending on its 
strength and age. Two strands braided with the first will make a 
rope capable of handling more than three times as much 
resistance. 

With these various physical examples Solomon shows to us that 
two are better than one. We can also derive that this also applies to 
our Spiritual lives. Each must make his decision to be a child of 
God but if he wishes to be strong and useful he must be united with 
other like-minded children of God. 

The work of the Church is seldom accomplished by one person. 
Even the ordinances of the Church demand the actions of at least 
two people to be carried out. Baptism, feet washing, holy kiss or 
whatever we consider must have at least two participants and even 
more are better. The more who labor for the Church's welfare, the 
more will be accomplished. When one or a few make the majority 
of the effort, the work suffers for all are needed to accomplish all 
that needs to be done. 

General Conference is a time of the united efforts of many. The 
physical preparations for the meeting draws upon the skills of 
many people. The meeting itself demands the Spiritual talents of 
many including song leaders, teachers and ministers. The whole 
assembly is a help to those present as encouragement for each to 
continue in the way of right. The presence of each is an en- 
couragement to each other for there are others who believe the 
same way, who do the same thing and who have the same 
problems and aspirations. They are as warmth to the cold and as 
support to the weak and as helpers to the stumbling. 

The work of the Church is pushed forward by each one present. 
When problems confront the Church it is better to have the advice 
and help of two or more rather than depend upon one alone. 
General Conference can better see the overall significance of the 
questions before it than can an individual or even a congregation 
or District. Local situations and habits may prevent a clear view of 
the problem but a broader view drawn from across the Brother- 
hood may provide the answer that will solve the local problem. 

It is good for each member to realize there are other members 
who have problems just like theirs. By being together in a meeting, 
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Lovefeast Meeting, or General Conference, encouragement to 
continue is afforded. 

Two are better than one. Even more are better than two. Each 
one adds strength for the task. 

The Wise Man knew what he was speaking of. With his God- 
given wisdom, he could see the value of unity in the work of God's 
people. As those who have the wisdom imparted by the Holy Spirit 
we should also recognize it. We should profit by our meetings, 
local and Brotherhood wide. In unity is strength for two are better 
than one. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

The kind of person God wants me to be... FAIR 

If we were to define fairness, we would say it is IMPARTIALITY 
IN DEALING WITH PEOPLE AND SITUATIONS. A fair person is 
one who is able to treat situations objectively, without reference to 
personal feelings or prejudices. He is unbiased, just and applies a 
right standard to the situation at hand that is beyond his personal 
preference. To be fair is a giant calling and a monumental 
responsibility. 

In the Old Testament, fairness meant "lifting up the face." This 
would translate to receiving another person with favor. The New 
Testament uses the same phrase to speak about partiality and 
respect of persons... "receiving the face." 

God is no respector of persons and neither can we be. He does 
not judge us on the basis of externals. It is not our rank, popularity 
or circumstances that affects God's judgment. Rather, He is 
interested in the character of our heart. 

In reality, the Mosaic law is a revelation of the character of God. 
He commanded His children to be godly and we are taught to be 
"...holy, for I am holy." The law gives us absolute reference points 
for godly living. God made it clear through Moses that He deals 
with people impartially and expects us to do the same. Lev. 19:15 
says, "... but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor." God 
forbids us to make judgments based on social or popularity 
standing. 

God has always been especially concerned that the leaders of 
His people exercise impartial judgment. Through Moses he taught 
us, "Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, 
neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and 
pervert the words of the righteous. That which is altogether just 
shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which 
the Lord thy God giveth thee." (Deut. 16:19-20) God did not want 
His children to suffer unfairly at the hands of opportunistic leaders. 



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This law is frequently broken today and in breaking it a leader 
disqualifies himself to serve in that capacity. 

How often God must crash through the barriers of our prejudices 
to carry out His perfect plan. What we consider convictions are 
sometimes only well-formulated prejudices. Look at Peter. Like 
any good Jew, he felt that the Gentiles were one degree above a 
lower animal. He couldn't imagine God sending him to preach the 
gospel to such heathens but God taught him very important 
lessons in the acceptability of others. 

The ultimate goal of the Jerusalem Council was to show that 
there were no second-rate citizens in the Kingdom of God. This 
should seem easy for us to understand but as it nearly fractured the 
New Testament community... so it would appear that we can be 
broken by it today. 

Peter learned that God was looking for righteous character more 
than a national heritage. Paul explained to the Romans that God 
judges objectively and impartially. (Rom. 2:9-11) He told the 
Ephesians that the social rank of a person didn't determine his 
reward. (Eph. 6:8) 

Could there be a greater example of injustice than the crucifixion 
of Christ? The crowd that was yelling "Crucify Him!" were the ones 
who deserved to die, not He. Everything there was totally unfair. It 
is a fact that those who are unjust often have a hard time 
recognizing justice. One of the criminals on the cross next to 
Jesus mocked Him and reviled Him for not saving them. The other 
one, however, realized that Jesus was being treated unfairly and 
realized they were receiving their just reward. 

Look closely at your life. Most people are more prejudiced than 
they realize. They think their opinions can be based on cold logic. 
Jesus made a habit of challenging man-made traditions and ways 
of thinking. He defied those who were unwilling to change and 
embraced those who would take up their crosses and follow Him. 
How easy it is to use our prejudices to justify unkind treatment of 
others. We don't have to deal with people as individuals if we can 
disparage them with a well-defined treatise supporting our opinion 
or sin. Prejudices can only be covered by the precious blood of 
Jesus. They must be examined in the light of God's love. 

You will never learn fairness in the public school system or out in 
the secular world. They are both full of greed and desire for 
personal gain. But in the church, Christ commands us to think of 
others before ourselves. Only as we die to our selfish interest can 
we exercise this important character trait. We have to receive in 
ourselves the sense of justice that is Christ's. To judge as He did 
will indeed bring us freedom. And no one is more free than the 
person whose emotions, knowledge and circumstances do not 



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keep him from living in Christlikeness. If we are led by the Spirit 
and not by our own preconceived ideas or emotional responses, we 
will be free to make right evaluations and relate to others in 
tenderness that reflects justice and mercy. 

Brother Len Wertz 

LOVE COMES FIRST 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ever- 
lasting life." John 3:16. First came God's love, then the gift of His 
Son. God's gift provided us with the plan of salvation, including 
forgiveness of our sins and eternal life. His love was manifested to 
us before we acknowledged our need of His forgiveness. "But God 
commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, 
Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8. Again we are reminded that love 
came first. 

God was moved by His love to provide the help we needed. Love 
is the motivating factor in reaching out to others. Without that 
special love in our hearts, our efforts to help someone else will be 
futile, or at best, feeble. Love makes the difference between a 
genuine concern, and a soul-chilling, judgmental attitude. Love 
sees the wrong, but seeks to help anyway. Love avoids passing 
judgment and condemning. That true concern, based on Christian 
love, brings a good response, but condemnation turns people 
away. 

If a person is lying in the gutter, and you just pass by, maybe 
giving him a kick as you do, that is judgment. You've judged that 
person to be unworthy of your love and concern. Your action 
shows to all that you want nothing to do with that person, that you 
are too good to be bothered with such a character. It shows your 
lack of love and compassion, just as it did when the priest and 
Levite ignored the needs of the man on the road to Jericho. See 
Luke 10:30-37. 

Let's suppose you see that same person in the gutter, and even 
though it upsets you, you do what you can to help. You do this 
because, through love, you can see beyond the present state and 
realize there is a potential in that person. The present negative 
situation is not a hopeless state when the principles of God's love 
are applied. It will take alot of prayer and daily concern to turn this 
life around, but because you love, you do what you can. You know 
the soul is worth saving, regardless of what sort the sin is. 

We have all been in the gutter spiritually, and yet God loved us 
while we were "at the bottom". Not a one of us could remedy our 
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God's provision, and it did come — because He loved us. He saw 
our sin, but wasn't turned away by it. Instead, He loved us in spite 
of our sin, so much so that He did not want us to remain in sin. God 
then made a way for us to get out of the gutter of sin. 

"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his 
life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren." 
I John 3:16. God manifested, or made known, His love for us 
through the gift of His Son. We reveal our love (or the lack of it) by 
our actions also. Love comes first, then a response follows, 
whatever the relationship is, and we need to put first things first! 
Love melts away the resistance in a heart hardened by sin. We 
hinder God's work when we withhold love from our fellow-man, 
because He uses our love to reveal His. 

A person who can help himself usually will unless there is no 
motivation. When a person is in the gutter spiritually, and maybe 
literally, loving help is needed. Self-help is not enough when it's 
the "end of the line". When someone truly cares about the "down- 
and-outer", it helps motivate him or her to better things. Again, 
love comes first. When no one else cares, usually we don't either, 
but being loved reinforces in us a desire to be the best we can be. 
Love succeeds when all else fails. 

"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being 
rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend — the 
far-reaching effects of — the love of Christ." (Eph. 3:17-19). Love is 
the foundation of all we do. It must come first. Without Christian 
love, our lives are like the house built on the sand. We'll be 
unstable, without strength and vitality. With love, we'll be long- 
suffering, kind, humble, unselfish, patient, able to endure in the 
Christian walk. This love is proof of discipleship (John 13:35) and 
definitely identifies us with Christ. Is His love first in your life? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

June 1, 1926 

THE OUTLOOK 
B. E. Kesler 

In view of the fact that another Conference of the "Bible Monitor" 
family is called to meet in the Plevna Church near Greentown, 
Indiana, June 23rd and 24th, it may be well to give a brief survey of 
the situation and an outlook for the future. 

The "Monitor" has now been before the public and the church for 
almost four years and in its humble way has reminded us of 



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existing conditions and noted with much concern the introduction 
of customs and practices foreign to our former church polity and 
policy. Our motives have been impugned, and our purpose, 
misunderstood, and our intentions, grossly misrepresented, and 
our statements, misconstrued, all of which has tended to weaken 
faith in our efforts and to lessen confidence in our undertaking and 
to hinder the success of our work. 

Some seem to look upon the work with a spirit of jealousy, some, 
seemingly, with disdain, scorn, and derision, and some in a quiet 
unassuming way have purposely thrown stumbling blocks in the 
way with a purpose, seemingly to hinder the success of the 
endeavor. Coercion in some instances has been used in an effort 
to suppress the work and to force nonaffiliation with the under- 
taking. With all this, it is a wonder the work still survives, and it 
would not were it not for the earnest efforts in its behalf by 
consecrated souls who have been and are sorely grieved and who 
sadly deplore the loss of unity and purity of the church, caused by 
those who are responsible for the introduction of the things that 
have destroyed that unity and purity. 

Interested friends have volunteered to solicit subscriptions to the 
"Monitor," others have donated subscriptions to their special 
friends, others have sent in trial subscriptions, which in many 
instances resulted in the parties subscribing for themselves when 
the time expired. Still, others made outright donations. In this way 
we have not been, and are not now, financially embarrassed. 
Because of this we were enabled to enlarge the "Monitor" and to 
look forward with anticipation to the time when it may become a 
weekly in harmony with the earnest desire of many of its readers. 

Hundreds of samples have been sent to parties whose names 
were sent in by their friends. In this way, too, many have learned to 
know of the "Monitor" and our work and become permanent 
subscribers. Many more could be reached in this way, and the 
"Monitor" find its way into the homes of the laity which has been 
our main obective. 

Many criticisms, some adverse, but mostly favorable, have been 
received, from all of which an effort has been made to profit, and 
from which new courage has been taken and a greater determi- 
nation has been resolved to continue the work until the dear Father 
shall send relief to his faithful children. 

For want of time, many encouraging letters have not been 
answered, as, perhaps, they were expected, and probably should 
have been. So we take this time and space to express gratitude and 
appreciation for them all. These criticisms have tended to lend new 
courage, and a determination to put forth our best efforts to serve 
our people to the well-pleasing of our loving Father and the 



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encouragement of his faithful children who are grief stricken at the 
corruption and worldliness in his beloved zion for whom his Son 
gave his life. 

Quite a wide range of latitude has been given our contributors in 
the discussion of various subjects. (Very few articles rejected.) This 
seemed necessary since a formal statement of principles and 
practices, except insofar as the Declaration of Principles in such 
statement, has not been formulated. And, as may naturally be 
expected has developed or manifested the fact of divergence of 
sentiment in some instances. This is characteristic of our church 
as a whole, due to the fact that the church has committed herself 
on a number of prominent doctrines of the Bible. We have been so 
wholly committed to the "no creed" idea that we have refused to 
formulate a statement on those doctrines. 

If asked what is the position of the church on the Atonement, 
Millennium, Modernism, The Law of Moses, as it relates to this 
dispensation, and so forth, to what church production could one 
go for an authoritative answer. On such subjects individuals, 
papers, and schools are left free to advocate their own peculiar 
views, which always has and always will result in confusion. This 
was never more apparent than is now manifested in the unsettled 
and confused state of the church at the present time. The Lord 
only knows whither we are drifting and what we shall finally settle 
down upon as the embodiment of the doctrines and principles of 
the church. 

We have drifted so far away from the faith of the fathers and 
former principles of our church that a return seems to be hopeless. 
So that if those principles are to be maintained in the world the 
Lord will have to raise up or reserve unto himself a body of people 
thru whom he can do it, for it is very evident it can never be done 
thru the present body. 

How It Has Been Done 

Some wonder how the changes in the church in recent years 
have been brought about. 

The answer is very simple. To illustrate: what might happen now, 
or may happen later on, if those who never have been in sympathy 
with the Eighteenth amendment but have always opposed it, and 
violate it when they dare, were given a vote on a referendum? Sad 
it will be for our nation when its policy and laws are dictated by law 
breakers! Should such insubordinates have a vote in such refer- 
endum? One who is not in sympathy with a law, but lives in 
obedience to it may well be accorded a vote to repeal it, but an 
insubordinate law-breaker has no such right. 

This is the situation in our church pure and simple, because of 
defect in our system of government. There are persons who never 



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have been in sympathy, and never have conformed to some of the 
customs, doctrines, and practices of the church. We have no rules 
to prevent, or usage to debar such insubordinates to write or speak 
against such doctrines, and so forth, or to hinder them from voting 
in Conference on their repeal. 

In this way, thru private influence, by writing, by speaking, and 
finally by vote in Conference, by many who have never been 
obedient and submissive, many of the principles of the church and 
former usages have, in recent years, been ignored, discarded, and 
finally repealed by action of Conference. 

This will continue to be the case until a form of government is 
adopted to prevent it. May the Lord deliver us from the domination 
of the disobedient and insubmissive who are "self-willed and 
despise government"! 

MULTIPLE CHOICE RELIGION 

Proverbs 12:15, "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he 
that harkeneth unto counsel is wise." 

We recall when we were in school that one of our favorite types 
of tests was the multiple choice questions. If you had studied, the 
correct answer was at your fingertips. This was much easier than 
remembering many facts and figures without an aid. 

In the earthly church there is presently a ''multiple choice" given 
at various types of meetings. There is one serious problem with 
this though. More often than not, it would seem, the correct 
answer is not among the choices you are given. We recall a 
situation in which several pictures of Jesus were shown and we 
were given a choice of choosing which one looked the closest to 
our image of Christ. At the time we were fooled into making a 
choice. Years later we realized our error. We cannot take a man's 
concept of what Christ looked like and make a judgment upon it. 
For one thing every picture presented had long hair on Jesus. We 
seriously doubt that Jesus Christ had long hair. (We do believe 
that he had a beard despite what some fundamentalists and 
holiness individuals teach). 

Our opening verse tells us that "the way of a fool is right in his 
own eyes." We know that Jesus instructed us in Matthew 5:22 "But 
I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a 
cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say 
to his brother, Racca, shall be in danger of the council: but 
whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." Two 
things are important in understanding this verse. First of all Jesus 
is talking about "without a cause." In Luke 24, the disciples had 
contact with the risen Christ. In verse 25 he said to them, "... O 



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fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have 
spoken." 

One of the multiple choices given today is the choice between 
humanistic evolution and theistic evolution. The correct answer, 
Divine Creation, is missing. Another multiple choice given is who 
is the correct author of various books of the Bible. The fact that all 
the writers wrote under the leading of the Holy Spirit is not given as 
an alternative. 

Individuals are given a choice between political pacifism and the 
just war theory. Biblical nonresistance, the true teaching, is 
absent. As far as political pacifism is concerned, the choice 
between this and the just war teaching is becoming harder and 
harder to distinguish. Violence is supported in both instances. It 
now is only a matter of WHO is doing the violence! We are told in a 
very subtle way that we are not to judge those who use violence 
because we are not perfect ourselves. It is true that it is only 
through the grace of God that we are saved and not because of 
human works. In Romans 6:1 and 2 Paul tells us, through the Holy 
Spirit, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace 
may abound? God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin, live 
any longer therein?" Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 5:45 that we 
must practice Biblical nonresistance "That ye may be the children 
of your Father which is in heaven:..." We are not about to judge the 
salvation of those who take human life in the name of their country 
or for revolution against an unjust government, but we take this 
verse very seriously. We will not guarantee salvation to any 
individual who willfully takes a human life and does not repent of 
such. 

We have already alluded to our next multiple choice. The choice 
between spiritual perfection in this life and never going beyond the 
point of being a sinner. In II Corinthians 5:17 we are told, "There- 
fore if any man (or woman) be in Christ, he (or she) is a new 
creature: old things are passed away; behold all things become 
new." This scriptural alternative is never mentioned or is explained 
away. How DO we reconcile the clear teaching that we still have a 
human tendency to sin with this verse? We believe one of the 
problems in the confusion between temptation to sin and actually 
sinning. When Jesus said in Matthew 5:28 "But I say unto you, That 
whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed 
adultery with her already in his heart," he was not talking about 
temptation but an act of lust. This is not to say that a Christian 
cannot fall victim to this sin of lust. But if he does he had better 
repent of it and seek to overcome it by the grace of God. We 
cannot justify another's sin because of a weakness we may have. 
In doing so we usually turn things around and say, "I'm not so bad 
after all." 



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Following this we have Christ saying in verse 29 "And if thy right 
eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee; for it is profitable 
for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole 
body should be cast into hell." (the word "that" appears in italics 
after "not".) The multiple choice given is between taking this 
"literally" or merely as an example. The same holds true for the 
next verse concerning the right hand. We believe the correct 
answer is that taken in the context Christ IS speaking literally. This 
does not mean that we should pluck out our eye or cut off our 
hand, but realize that IF DOING THIS WOULD KEEP US OUT OF 
HELL it would be worth it! 

We could give many other examples of multiple choices given 
without a correct answer. But perhaps the most serious is a series 
of ways to reach Heaven without the choice of accepting the Lord 
Jesus Christ and His shed blood given as an answer. This, of 
course, is the only correct answer. Have you answered this 
question in the affirmative? If not a "multiple choice religion" will 
not hold out on judgment day. 

James M. Hite 
816 East Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 



UNDERSTANDING THE ELEMENTS OF MUSIC 

Music is something in which we all can participate during our 
worship services. In a previous article, we discussed some of the 
mysteries of music, such as the difference between the tune and 
the poem, names of hymns, Gregorian Chants, and meter. In this 
article, we take up a discussion of the elements of music. For our 
examples, we will refer to the 1901 black "Brethren Hymnal." 
Examples of hymn numbers where the item under discussion can 
be found will be indicated by parenthesis. The following para- 
graphs refer to Hymn Number 1. 

The five lines with the four spaces make up the staff. Most 
hymns in the Black Hymnal have the words between two staves 
which are connected by a double line. This is known as a Grand 
Staff, or Great Staff. Each line and space are assigned letter names 
from "A" to "G". Each letter represents a certain pitch. The 
backwards written "S" stands for "Treble Clef." The curled-up 
backwards "C" is the "Bass Clef." The clefs fix the position of the 
notes on the staff. 

Next we see a wierd looking small "b". Some hymns have a thing 
like this: "#". These signs serve to set the "key" to the hymn and are 
known as the "Key-signature." The "key" sets the position of the 



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tones in the musical scale. Did you ever sing a hymn, and it got so 
high that nobody could reach the notes, or so low that the meaning 
of the hymn was lost somewhere down in the basement? In most 
cases, when the hymns are sung "on key," everybody will easily be 
able to reach all the notes. As a result, the meaning of the hymn 
will be felt, instead of concentrating on straining your vocal cords 
to reach notes out of the human voice range. Song leaders often 
use a "pitch pipe" to find the key to the hymn. 

In hymn number 1, the number "3" appears after the key- 
signature. Other numbers appear at the head of other hymns. The 
"3" is over a quarter note. Other hymn books write the 3 over a 4. 
This is known as the "time signature," and indicates how many 
beats there are to each measure. The measures are divided off by 
vertical lines on the staff. Each measure in a tune has the same 
number of beats as every other measure in that tune. The 3 
signifies there are 3 beats to each measure. The quarter note (or 4) 
means that the beat is on the quarter note. 

Next we see the notes. They are the open and closed dots in the 
funny shapes. Most of the dots have vertical lines (or stems) on 
them, and on top of some of the stems are flags. Each different 
kind of note is worth a certain number of beats. The solid black 
note with the stem is the quarter note, which is one beat. The open 
notes with stems are worth two beats. The solid notes with flags 
are each valued at one-half beat. Two of these must be sung in one 
beat. When a song-leader waves his hand, he is beating the time. 
An audience who knows their music will easily be able to follow. In 
this way, everybody starts, stops, and sings together! 

It is important that the timing of a hymn be sung as it is written. 
Singing too slowly will effectively kill the meaning and spirit of the 
hymn. Dragging through a hymn leaves one wondering when it will 
be over rather than concentrating on the words and thinking about 
glorifying God. Singing too rapidly leaves everybody breathless at 
the end. Each hymn should be sung in a manner appropriate to its 
meaning. The song leader should decide this, and the congre- 
gation should follow. For example, "I'll Count My Blessings" (47) 
should be sung in a spirited manner. We are meeting together to 
praise God! But " 'Tis Midnight, and on Olive's Brow" (157) should 
be sung slowly and very thoughtfully as our minds are drawn 
toward Christ's suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane. 

At the very end of Hymn Number 1, we see two heavy vertical 
bars. This "double bar" means that the verse is ended. 

Brother Robert Lehigh 



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SAFELY HOME 

I am home in Heaven, dear ones; 

All's so happy, all's so bright! 
There's perfect joy and beauty 

In this everlasting light. 

All the pain and grief are over, 

Every restless tossing passed; 
I am now at peace forever, 

Safety home in Heaven at last. 

Did you wonder I so calmly 

Trod the Valley of the Shade? 
Oh! but Jesus' love illumined 

Every dark and fearful glade. 

And He came Himself to meet me 

In the way so hard to tread; 
And with Jesus' arm to lean on, 

Could I have one doubt or dread? 

Then you must not grieve so sorely, 

For I love you dearly still; 
Try to look beyond earth's shadows, 

Pray to trust our Father's will. 

There is work still waiting for you, 

So you must not idle stand; 
Do your work while life remaineth — 

You shall rest in Jesus' land. 

When that work is all completed, 

He will gently call you home; 
Oh, the rapture of the meeting! 

Oh, the joy to see you come! 

We, the family, would like to thank you for all your cards, prayers 
and visits while our father was ill and after his passing. May God 
bless you for your thoughtfulness. 

Gerald and Lois Royer 

Alvin and Mary Ellen Chupp and family 

Elden and Judy Royer and family 



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OBITUARY 

NATHAN ROYER 

Bro. Nathan David Royer, son of Roscho and Susan Royer, was 
born in Dallas County, Iowa, May 29, 1909. On May 3, 1986 he 
passed away in the same house in which he was born and spent his 
entire life of 76 years, 11 months and 4 days. 

He was united in marriage to Grace Moss on September 21, 1933. 
She preceded him in death on August 4, 1948. He is survived by 
Gerald and Lois Royer of Dallas Center, Iowa; Mary Ellen Chupp 
and husband Alvin of Dallas Center, Iowa and Elden and wife Judy 
of Adel, Iowa. 

His life was spent farming as long as his health permitted. 

In 1940 he joined the Dunkard Brethren Church. He served as a 
deacon and treasurer for many years. 

Besides his children he leaves one sister, Anna Mary Winger of 
Grants Pass, Oregon, nine grandchildren: Dan Chupp of Quinter, 
Kansas; Don, Cynthia, Laura, Brian and Ryan Chupp of Dallas 
Center, Iowa; Brenda, Anthony and Duane Royer of Adel, Iowa and 
two great grandchildren: Justin and Tiffany Chupp of Quinter, 
Kansas. 

Services were held at the Dunkard Brethren Church, Dallas 
Center, Iowa on May 6. Bro. Fred Pifer officiated with Bro. Joseph 
Flora and Bro. Ray Reed assisting. Burial was in the Brethren 
Cemetery. 

NEWS ITEMS 

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Mechanicsburg Congregation is again looking forward to 
having Brother Paul Stump in our midst for a ten day revival, 
beginning July 4 and to continue to July 13, 1986. We welcome all 
to come and enjoy these services with us. Please pray for these 
meetings and the speaker that he may not shun to preach the 
whole Gospel of Christ. 

Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 



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BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LXIV JUNE 15, 1986 NO. 12 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THERE'S A WIDENESS IN GOD'S MERCY 

There's a wideness in God's mercy, 
Like the wideness of the sea; 
There's a kindness in his justice, 
Which is more than liberty. 

There is welcome for the sinner, 
And more graces for the good; 
There is mercy with the Savior; 
There is healing in his blood. 

For the love of God is broader 
Than the measure of man's mind; 
And the heart of the Eternal 
Is most wonderfully kind. 

If our love were but more simple, 
We should take him at his word; 
And our lives would be all sunshine 
In the sweetness of our Lord. 

- Frederick W. Faber 



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GIFTS 

Everyone likes to receive gifts. No matter how old or young, a 
gift is appreciated. Even if not needed, the reflection of warmth of 
someone's concern in the gift makes it enjoyable. Children 
especially look forward to occasions when they expect presents. 
Even older folks like presents although it may not be the objects 
that they like most. It may be a visit, a flower, attention or a favor- 
able response to an oft-told tale. 

Gifts may be given with an ulterior motive. Gift givers often give 
with the hope of a gift in return. Then they are no longer gifts but 
exchanges. Sales representatives may provide meals or other 
services with the hope of securing a lucrative order. Others give 
gifts to gain attention. It may be to secure publicity as a generous 
person. It may be just to be highly thought of. 

These reasons are not for the Christian. There are many Bible 
passages that enjoin the Christian to be generous. The Christian 
can realize that whatever he has, has been given undeservedly to 
him, for his good by God. Realizing they have been given to him, 
he can in turn share what he has with others. The Christian graces 
include love. Love may be demonstrated by gift-giving. The 
Christian seeks the well being of others so he is willing to give. 

One who would be a giver must first be a receiver. The giver 
must have something to give. If he has nothing to give, his good 
intentions may be praised but he has not accomplished anything. 
Those who pray for the fulillment of others' needs but do not 
relieve that need might be well-intentioned but the hungry and cold 
are still hungry and cold. There must be an action to go with the 

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intention. The poor can do little to relieve the need of other poor. 

Social programs fail to provide for the needs of the poor or other 
needy, even if well-intentioned. They fail because they are often a 
political response to a problem created by Spiritual disobedience. 
They ignore the Spiritual seat of problems and attempt through 
money and organization to cure problems of the inner man. The 
inner man's problem can not be solved with material programs. 
The gifts must fit the need if it is to be a useful gift. 

Some may be niggardly in their giving. They fear if they give too 
much away they won't have enough for themselves. But hoarders 
often find their caches depleted anyway and their mental anguish 
may ruin any enjoyment they might have had from their horde. 

The Christian has a perfect pattern to follow in his giving. God 
has outgiven all others. He has given the world itself and all its 
material advantages. Most importantly He has not only created 
man to live in this world, but He has not forgotten man. Individuals 
are in the mind and memory of God. Although He made the 
universe He is still mindful of the individual. Because of this care 
and concern He has given the greatest of all gifts. 

Knowing the frame and tendencies of man, God has given His 
only begotten Son so men may be reconciled to Him. His love for 
individual men compelled Him to pay the highest price possible. 
Whatever other sacrifices might have been made for man's re- 
demption — none could be found that was untainted by sin. Only 
Jesus filled the requirement of sinless perfection, demanded by 
God's justice. 

God's justice demanded a sacrifice for man's sin that only God's 
love could fulfill. Although undeserving, man has been the re- 
cipient of God's extraordinary love gift — His Son. Through His 
Grace and Mercy the plan of salvation has been given to man. It 
now requires the acceptance by sinful man to do him the intended 
good. God's gift was not sent because man deserved it in the least 
nor was His gift even desired. 

Too often people have their hearts and minds set on material 
gifts when they should desire the gift God has given. Their fleshly 
lusts and worldly desires cause them to lose sight of the most 
important part of their existence — their eternal souls. The ones 
who have received this gift should in turn be the most giving. They 
have received much so they have much to give. 

God can not be outgiven. He has given the only gift that can 
redeem a sin stained soul. When that gift is received, a new life, 
both inward and outward, will be lived. In turn that gift may be 
shared with others, so more lives in turn may be changed. God's 
love gift is the greatest gift ever given. This is the impetus behind 
the gifts men share with others. 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

The kind of person God wants me to be... RESPONSIBLE 

Responsibility is shown in our lives by being reliable, trustworthy 
and loyal to the cause of Christ. The root word of responsibility, 
however, reveals one difference... and that is response. Responsi- 
bility contains a strong sense of accountability. 

A response is an answer. A responsible individual knows he 
must answer and he has a strong sense of personal accountability. 
He knows what is expected of him and he is WILLING to fulfill it. 
He has this sense inside him and thus he doesn't need someone 
standing over him to force him on. It is unfortunate so many 
Christians have to be prodded like cattle to forge ahead for the 
Lord. Why can't we willingly accept the jobs that are ours and carry 
them through to completion with all the vigor within us? We need 
to accept those things which are committed to us, whether it is a 
talent, personal property, information or an assignment, with 
proper respect to the person to whom we are committed. 

A responsible person has an inner drive which does not need 
constant prodding. He performs without the external motivation 
needed by someone who lacks responsibility. 

Responsibility is best tested when Mom and Dad are not present 
or when the boss is not watching. Ruth was committed and re- 
sponsible. She would not abandon her mother-in-law under any 
circumstances. Joseph was responsible when he kept his moral 
purity even when he was away from home and nobody would have 
known what he did. To bear responsibility is to bear the suffering 
which accompanies any great assignment. Esther was a re- 
sponsible person, although it meant possible death. Responsible 
people complete the task which is before them. 

Responsibility means you will accept who you are and what gifts 
you have and you will put them to use for God. Each one of us has 
been entrusted with a gift from God. He has invested in our lives. 
Not to fulfill the purpose for which we have been created is to 
squander that investment. It is living irresponsibly and ungodly. 

A RESPONSIBLE PERSON ACCEPTS BLAME WHEN HE IS 
GUILTY. Sin is a failure to act responsibly toward God even as 
repentance is acceptance of responsibility toward Him. We ARE 
responsible for our actions and also for a change in our behavior. 

A RESPONSIBLE PERSON DOES NOT LIVE ONLY FOR HIM- 
SELF but he is also genuinely interested in others. Cain could not 
bear being his "brothers keeper" and thus became an epitome of 
irresponsibility. As we bear one another's burdens, exhort one 
another and submit to one another, we become responsible for 
each other. 



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Irresponsible persons always blame others and excuse them- 
selves. Aaron was asked by Moses why he made the golden calf. 
Even though he was the anointed high priest he blamed the people 
for his action. Pilate was the governor of the province of Israel and 
he had authority to release or condemn Jesus. Yet he washed his 
hands of the matter, refusing to accept responsibility for Christ's 
crucifixion. 

As we mature physically and chronologically, we move from a 
state of greater irresponsibility to responsibility. Basically, an 
infant is not responsible for anything... hopefully, an adult can 
assume responsibility for his life. A lot of childish adults exist 
today and these people overemphasize their "rights" rather than 
their responsibilities. We, as adults, ARE responsible for our 
thoughts, words, and actions. We can't blame others for our 
irresponsibility. 

Luke 16:12 teaches us that we are responsible for what belongs 
to others. I believe the way we treat the property of others is a valid 
barometer of the way we will treat what God gives us. 

Be responsible because of God's judgment now and in the 
future. Understand accountability and maintain proper restraint in 
light of that accountability. Guard your words knowing they will 
return to you at the time of the judgment. Be careful of your 
thought and heart intents as God knows them as well as your 
actions. 

If responsible people were ever needed in the church it is today. 
The church is crying out for leaders. It is only as you live 
responsibly that you will be qualified to lead. A leader takes 
responsibility not only for himself... but he also becomes responsi- 
ble for others in the Body of Christ. 

The more you exercise responsibility, the more authority God 
will give you... and the wider your responsibility will extend. 

Are you exercising this quality in your life? When God calls on 
you are you responding? Can He say something to you and get 
obedience? Can He count on your positive response? Pray that 
God might lead you to the greatest height possible in this im- 
portant character quality. Be the kind of person God wants you to 
be. 

Brother Len Wertz 



.#••••• 



Don't be fooled by a pretty face; 
Look for character and grace. 



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GRASPING THE MESSAGE OF MUSIC 

In two previous articles about music, we discussed tunes, poems, 
meter, elements of music, pitch, and timing. Now we will take a 
look at how all this can serve to bring out the meaning of a hymn in 
a worship service. 

In some hymns, there are symbols or words which instruct the 
singer about how he should be singing. We will mention some of 
the more common ones. 

"A tempo" (See Hymn Number 233 in the 1901 black "Brethren 

Hymnal" for an example): Return to the preceding pace. 

"Crescendo" or <<C (233): Increasing in loudness. 

"Diminuendo" or ^>* (233): Diminishing in loudness. 

"f" (233): Sing loud and strong. 

"Hold" or/ < Tv(43): Hold the note over which this symbol is 

placed. 

"Moderato" (170): Sing this hymn at a moderate rate of speed, 

not too fast. 

"pp" (124): Pianissimo; sing very quietly. 

"Rit." or "Ritard" (83): Slow down the tempo; sing slower. 

"Spirited" (226): Sing the hymn with spirit and energy. 

Sometimes there will be a word or words at the beginning of a 
hymn describing how it is to be sung. Some which appear in the 
Black Hymnal are "Slow" (392), "Not too fast, but strong" (337), 
"Tenderly" (677), "With expression" (466), and "Thoughtfully" 
(678). These symbols and words should be heeded. In this way, 
the meaning of the hymn can be more fully sensed. 

Before concluding this discussion on music, there are a few 
pointers for the song leaders which should be considered. Song 
leading is a calling. Those who lead singing should take this 
calling seriously. Realize that singing hymns is an act of worship- 
ping God, and also serves to prepare people's hearts for the 
preaching. 

A song leader is to be a leader. He should lead the singing and 
the congregation should follow. There is a lot more to leading than 
merely starting the songs. A good understanding of the basics of 
music will help one become a successful leader. A good song 
leader has a deep desire to help others receive the joy that comes 
from praising and worshipping God. In order to lead a congre- 
gation in worshipping God, a song leader must have fully 
dedicated his life to Christ. 

The song leader interprets each hymn for the occasion, that it 
may be sung most meaningfully. The tempo and volume may be 
varied, and expression may be given to particularly meaningful 



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words or phrases. The message of a hymn is in the words, while 
the music serves as the vehicle to bring out the meaning. The goal 
is that each worshipper would get the full meaning out of the hymn. 

Another purpose of song leading is that everyone will stay 
together. There is much more of an attitude of worship when 
everyone starts and stops singing together. When the pitch and 
tempo are correct, the people are free to concentrate on the 
message of the hymn. There is then freedom to worship God 
instead of thinking about the distractingly hitch pitch or slow 
tempo. God will then be glorified by our worship of Him! 

I believe that a basic understanding of music will lead to a greater 
spirit of worship in our church services. The Bible instructs us to 
speak to ourselves "in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, 
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." Ephesians 
5:19. David said in Psalms 89:1, "I will sing of the mercies of the 
Lord forever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to 
all generations." Let us go on our way singing to the Lord! 

Brother Robert Lehigh 

DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH 

Perilous times have come. Many of us have witnessed a falling 
away and a departing from faith in the saving Gospel of Christ. For 
salvation, we need the faith once and for all delivered unto the 
saints. We have many warnings in the Gospel to not believe every 
spirit but try the spirits whether they are of God because many 
false prophets are gone out into the world. "Hereby know ye the 
Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come 
in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that 
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit 
of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even 
now already is in the world." 

Much of the falling away and departing from the faith in our time 
came because many of the rising generation did not want to keep 
the blessed example of their faithful foreparents and compromised 
with the evils of the world. The Psalmist David says "Depart from 
evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore." "Depart from me, ye 
evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God." Pro- 
fessing Christians who compromise and accept the evils of the 
world for their way of life are not on the way to the eternal, glorious 
Home. Perilous times have come and many have given heed to 
seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, spreading lies in hy- 
pocrisy, having their consciences seared with a hot iron. Also they 
are lovers of their own selves, fierce despisers of those who are 
good Christians. For many, love has waxed cold. 



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True faith produces peace, joy, hope and many other blessings. 
If we have the faith once delivered unto the saints we will not 
oppose the works of righteousness. "Blessed are those that hunger 
and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled." 

In our lifetime we have seen great changes taking place among 
professing Christians. We should not accept man made theories in 
religion. Professing Christians who fail to keep the command- 
ments of the saving Gospel of Christ are missing the mark of the 
prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. "Love not the world 
neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, 
the love of the Father is not in him." The true Christian love of 
many has waxed cold. 

Satan sometimes appeared as an angel of light when Christ was 
here on earth. Satan came to Him in person and tried to overcome 
Him with his deceitfulness but failed to overcome our Saviour. 

We should keep ourselves in the love of the Lord and opposed to 
all unrighteousness. Let us not be among those who may be 
receiving strong delusions to believe a lie and in the end be 
damned. Disobedient, professing Christians have lost their favour 
with God. They have heaped to themselves teachers having itching 
ears, denying the Lord that bought them with His own blood. The 
call is "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmove- 
able, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye 
know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 

We should always promote and uphold the faith once delivered 
unto the saints. The way of the cross leads home, it is sweet to 
know as we onward go. 

For those who escaped the pollutions of the world and are again 
entangled, the latter end is worse than the beginning. The dog has 
returned again to his vomit and the sow to her wallowing in the 
mire. It would have been better for them if they would have never 
known the w&y of truth.- Many are controlled by man made theories 
that are contrary to the saving Gospel of Christ. Some shall arise 
and speak perverse things to draw men unto them. They will not 
escape if they neglect so great salvation. 

True Christians will only accept the way of truth and righteous- 
ness. For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world 
with all its sin and lose his own soul. "Pride goeth before 
destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." There are many 
deceivers in the world but by their fruits ye shall know them. 

There is no promise of the crown of righteousness for apostates 
who shall turn their ears away from the truth and turn unto fables. 
Have we accepted and are we controlled by the saving Gospel of 
Christ or by man made theories in religion? Are we pressing 
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of God in Christ Jesus? 

Although great changes have taken place, God is still calling for 
a people to be separated from the evils of the world and live godly 
in Christ Jesus. Wherefore come out from among them saith the 
Lord almighty and be ye separate. We need the help and holy 
guidance of our Creator to stand the trials and temptations in this 
life's pathway to receive the Blessed, Eternal Reward. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
5225 Sundial Loop 
Plant City, FL 33566 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

June 15, 1926 

WHOM WILL WE SERVE? 

J. H. Crofford 

Our eternal future depends upon whom we serve. Our service 
must be confined to one master. "No man can serve two masters 
for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold 
to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and 
mammon." 

The tendency of wealth or mammon, is to elevate mentally, make 
feel independent and rob the possessor of that one important 
Christian grace, humility which evidences the subject to be a child 
of God. This grace is accompanied with contentment, peace and 
submission to the will of God, and, "Whosoever shall humble 
himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of 
heaven." 

The person whose mind and time are taken up in serving 
mammon, and become wealthy, become heady, high minded and 
averse to anything of an humble nature, and naturally despise 
serving the Master, the teacher of humility. How comprehensive 
now, is the language of Jesus: "How hardly shall they that have 
riches enter into the kingdom of God!" "It is easier for a camel to go 
through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the 
kingdom of God." But it is within God's province to take away that 
wealth or the desire for its worship and supplant it by humility. 

How many things we must watch and battle against serving; it 
may be a person who has won our confidence by a display of 
superior talent, because of which, we consider that he knows, and 
we readily accept his theories and do his bidding. We recall the 
circumstance on the mount of transfiguration, when Elias and 
Moses appeared on the scene. The attitude of Peter towards these 



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two men was to place them on an equality with Jesus, and erect a 
tabernacle for each of them, which would have meant three forms 
of worship — the perpetuation of the observance of the Mosaic law, 
the preparatory service of the age of John the Baptist, and the 
serving of Jesus. The reproof came to Peter not from Jesus, but 
direct from God: "This is my beloved Son; hear (obey) him." 

It being established now whom we shall serve or obey, we find 
everything essential to our salvation contained within His will —the 
New Testament. Then why do so many quote from the Old 
Testament to lay burdens upon us grievous to be born? We cannot 
serve under the old Mosaical law and the dispensation of grace 
both. Let us confine our service to the teachings of Christ. 

"The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the 
kingdom of God is preached." Jesus says: "Think not that I have 
come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I come not to destroy, but 
to fulfill. Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one title shall in no 
wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." These sayings have 
direct reference to the old law, and just as immutable as was every 
jot and title of the law, is our obedience to the conditions of 
salvation under the dispensation of grace. 

Jesus was upon the earth during the preparatory age, preparing 
for the church age, during which time he was obedient to the old 
law, and not yet having completed the plan of redemption, could at 
that time only refer his inquirer of the essentials to salvation, to the 
obedience to the law and a sacrificing of what he was worshipping, 
and following Him which would lead him naturally to the essentials 
under the church age or dispensation of grace, — the new birth as 
he later instructed Nicodemus. 

The thought of the writer is, to have us understand that we must 
worship only God according to his plans for the present dispen- 
sation through love with fear and trembling. A love that worketh a 
filiar fear, a holy affection, and not a fear to flee from him. The 
church is the bride of Christ and no bride with a pure love for the 
bridegroom, feels otherwise than to do the things which are 
pleasing to him; she does them not as a burden but a pleasure. With 
such a motive there is no burden to our service; it is a pleasure to 
serve him: "His yoke is easy and his burden is light." 

Love is the fulfilling of the law: with our hearts filled with love our 
attitude towards the world is to do them no evil, to be subject to the 
higher powers and thereby establish our citizenship by obeying the 
commands as recorded in Romans 13. With love for our fellow 
man, we cannot do otherwise. These are the commands governing 
our lives towards the world. 

Under the dispensation of grace we serve through love and we 
are saved by grace. With our hearts full of the love of God, we 



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cannot do otherwise than try to observe the ordinances and 
commands given to the church under the Gospel dispensation, 
essential to our salvation. With a lack of that love you feel you need 
not salute your brother; you cannot wear the prayer veil; you 
refrain from engaging in questionable conduct; you must convert 
the houses of worship into places of amusement; you cannot 
conform to the plain attire as required by the church. Right here let 
it be said: Some of the very members who refused to come in the 
order, readily donned the attire required by the Red Cross during 
the war, and since, the hideous gown and cap, which they could 
not be persuaded to wear for the church, for a secret order. 

If we are born again, and guided by the Holy Spirit, we will not be 
led by the lusts of the eye, the lusts of the flesh and the pride of life; 
we will serve God. 

DEALING WITH THE CULTS 

Matthew 16:18, "And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and 
upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not 
prevail against it." 

II Corinthians 13:5, "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the 
faith; prove your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except 
ye be reprobates." 

Ephesians 4:15, "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into 
him in all things, which is the head, even Christ." 

The day was Friday. We were busy trying to get things as- 
sembled to go uptown and take care of our semi-weekly business. 
In the midst of our hurrying a knock came on the door. Upon 
answering it we were cheerfully greeted by two women. Their 
outward appearance gave no indication who they were. They 
could have been salesladies for a cosmetic company or a member 
of any of the various local churches. But it soon became obvious 
that we had another visit from the Jehovah Witnesses. 

Since I was very busy my first impulse was to tell them I did not 
agree with their brand of theology and send them on their way. But 
something inside of me said that I should take the time to share the 
truth of the Word. So I excused myself and went in to get my Bible. 
After they left I was left with deep mixed emotions. Was it really 
worth my time to try to share the truth with them? This question 
along with my other thoughts has led to this writing we wish to 
share. This will not be a grand treatise filled with all the perfect 
answers. In fact it may raise more questions than answers that are 
given. It is simply a sharing of personal feelings after my encounter 
with members of a cult. 

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John 8:24-27. This had caused another Jehovah Witness great 
confusion. But not these two. They calmly informed me that I was 
making Jesus say something he really had not said. I, of course, 
remain unconvinced. But the important thing we wish to stress is 
that this portion of the Word of God did not convince them of the 
error of denying the deity of Jesus Christ. So we went to a "proof 
text" to substantiate our claim. There was no way they could get 
around John 1:1. We quickly informed them that their New World 
Translation was in error in calling Jesus "a God" as their "bible" 
states, then there are more than one God. Since we were in a hurry 
we were not completely open to the leading of the Holy Spirit and 
PERHAPS missed a great opportunity. Be that as it may, the two 
women left more convinced than ever that they were following the 
truth. 

So how DO we deal with the cults when we come into contact 
with them? We do not believe there is any one easy answer. If you 
study the books and writings on dealing with the cults it becomes 
more complex rather than enlightening, at least in our mind. Some 
of these writings will inform you that refusal to bear arms to defend 
your country or to salute the flag of your nation is a sign of a cult. 
This puts us in the category of a cult! Others will subtly suggest 
that having "special rules" makes you a cult. While we realize that 
there is room for disagreement concerning "church rules" they 
have often provided needed "fences." Baptism is another area that 
is often considered cultic when it is seen as being part of our 
salvation. What we are saying is some would end up putting 
Conservative Brethren in the category of "cult." Although they 
would not come right out and say this. 

Then there is the question of what category you put the liberals, 
who also deny the deity of Jesus Christ, into? Many different 
versions of the Bible has certainly added to the confusion. But the 
liberal movement, and the majority of the cults, used the King 
James Version at one time. So the correct version does not 
guarantee correct theology. However I would quickly add that with 
the possible exception of the Mormons, the modernist liberals and 
cults despise the King James Version. For this reason, among 
others, we feel this is the best translation available. There is also 
the reality that interpretation is a key factor in what we believe. 

With these thoughts in mind we would now like to briefly look at 
our opening verses in light on our subject. Our first verse deals 
with the fact that the church is built on Jesus Christ. Therefore, the 
teachings of the cults are built on sand. In Isaiah 49:26 states "... I 
the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer,..." There is no question 
who the New Testament names as our Saviour and Redeemer. 

Our second verse deals with the fact that we must examine 



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ourself, (in the light of the Word), to see if we are in the faith. Are 
we really willing to do this? Have we allowed self to be an idol? Are 
there areas of our life where we are no different than the false 
cults? 

Our final verse speaks of the need of speaking the truth in love. 
My visitors complimented us on our attitude. We give the Spirit the 
praise for any love we may have expressed. We must hate the false 
teachings, not those who teach it. But we must also remember that 
real truth will often "hurt." 

In conclusion, we dare not always expect success when pre- 
senting the truth to someone who has fallen for error. The end 
result lies with them. If we have truthfully shared the reality of 
Jesus Christ, who he is, along with a personal testimony the blood 
is not on our hands. In the end we must remember "and few there 
be who find it" (the true way). If you have not accepted the shed 
blood of Jesus Christ for your sins we urge you to do so. 

James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 

WHAT ARE OUR VALUES? 

Upon arising another day, the sun has risen, the birds are 
praising God, the cattle roam contentedly in the lush fields, and 
there is plenty of work awaiting me as a mother, but yet the 
question has come to my mind for several weeks, "What are our 
values?" 

Value is defined as cost, importance, worth. If something is 
costly, it means a lot to us and yet it is worth something to us. 

Some days we have a full list of things that should be done, but 
yet when we go over that list we usually pick out the most vital or 
valuable things that must be done and do those first. 

Did you ever watch a mother bird after her young have hatched? 
She doesn't forget about them and fly away to find something else 
to do. No, she values her young. She feeds and cares for them 
until they leave the nest. 

What is the value of our life? Our life is only a vapor that appears 
for a little while and then vanishes away. 

Many are sick and in hospitals or nursing homes who sit lonely 
hours waiting for someone to talk to. What would we rather value: 
to sit in an easy chair and read meaningless books or to cheer 
someone today. Many times when I was in high school, I would be 
asked, "What do you do with your time? Your life seems so dull 
and boring!" My answer always contained: "There is no idle time 
for me." We can sing, write letters, visit others, or lend a helping 



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hand to those about us in need. There is NO TIME TO SIT IDLE! 
Idleness is the devil's workshop which contains gossip, evil 
speakings, malice, hatred and so forth. No Christian should ever 
be found in this classification. 

Do we use our valuable time for God? We should be hungrying 
for sweet fellowship from one meeting to the next, that we would 
want to assemble together to read and study God's Word. When 
we go to meeting, do we sit and play or do we eagerly listen to God 
speaking through the minister? Can we eagerly say after we have 
heard the Blessed Word that we have applied it to our every heart 
and plan to live it and VALUE it in our walk here on earth? 

More and more people are being deceived every day. Oh, how 
valuable our time should be. We should always be ready and 
willing to listen, talk to and help the sinner to see his need for 
Christ. 

This short life will soon be past; 
Only what's done for Christ will last. 

Value... cost, importance and worth! We cannot stress it enough. 
Everytime we decide to do something; we should ask ourselves a 
question, "Which is more valuable and pleasing to God?" Let us 
value our time using it wisely for Christ and the Church. 

My prayer is that we might be a peculiar people claiming a value 
of true worth to a sinful nation. 



A Peculiar People 
When you go into a city, 

Folks may seem to stare at you; 
Wear a smile and show you're happy, 

Jesus' love will shine right through! 

For a Christian ought to always 

Be rejoicing in his Lord, 
Overflowing with His graces, 

Living letter of His Word! 

Though your clothes may look peculiar, 
Face the world with joyful song; 

For you are a royal priesthood 
When you to the Lord belong! 



You're a chosen generation, 
Walking in the narrow way, 

Never be ashamed to witness; 
Jesus is your strength and stay! 



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He has called you out of darkness 
Into His own glorious light; 

Show His praises, keep on shining 
In a world as dark as night! 

- Pauline Ressler 
In Christian Love, 
Sister Shirley Frick 
Bradford, Ohio 



THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The New Testament 
J. H. Moore 

The New Testament Canon, as we now have it, has practically 
existed since the close of the apostolic age. At different times the 
genuineness of some of the books was questioned, but before the 
Council of Nice, A.D. 325, the list had been quite generally agreed 
upon, though the council took up the books, one by one, and 
confirmed the existing canon. 

The New Testament is composed of twenty-seven books, the 
production of at least eight authors, and is intended solely for the 
new dispensation. In the Gospels we have a history of Christ, a 
record of his teachings and an account of the establishing of his 
church. The Acts follow with an account of what was done by 
some of the apostles and others, under the guidance of the Holy 
Ghost. Here we find a number of conversions, in which the process 
of conversion is clearly set forth. The epistles were addressed to 
saints, and have much to say as to how the converted should live. 
The canon closes with the Book of Revelation, dealing largely with 
the future, and pointing out clearly the destiny of the righteous, as 
well as that of the disobedient. 

While the Old Testament belongs to the old dispensation, and 
was intended for the people of that dispensation, the New Testa- 
ment pertains to the new dispensation, and is fully adopted to the 
needs and purposes of the present age. Here we find the will of 
God, as intended for every age and nation. It was prepared by holy 
men, who wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, and 
therefore the book properly becomes the rule of faith and practice 
for all the faithful who accept Christ as their Teacher and Savior. It 
now becomes our duty to examine this Book and see what it 
demands of all the faithful followers of Christ. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JULY 1986 

July 6 - Perfection through Suffering - Hebrews 2:9-18. 

1 . Why was it important for Christ to suffer? 

2. Can we as Christians go through life without suffering? 

July 13- Christ the High Priest- Hebrews 3:1-11. 

1. What were the duties of the High Priest? 

2. How does Christ, our High Priest, differ from the high priest of 
the Old Testament? 

July 20 - Partakers of Christ - Hebrews 3:12-19. 

1. How or in what way do we become partakers with Christ? 

2. What was the result when Israel fell away? 

July 27- Rest for the People of God - Hebrews 4:1-11. 

1. Why were the ones to whom the Word was first preached, 
refused entrance? 

2. How do we enter into the rest, and is there a danger of being 
turned away? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR JULY 1986 

July 6 - Christ's Prayer - John 17:1-26. 

1. For whom did Christ Pray? 

2. Did His prayer include the Church today? 

July 13 - Good Names - Proverbs 22:1; Eccl. 7:1; Acts 6:2-4; 
III John 1:14. 

1. Why is a name important? 

2. In what way do we live our lives that our names will be good? 

July 20 - Believers Walk - Rom. 6:4; I John 2:6; Gal. 5:16; Eph. 5:2; 
I John 1:7; Eph. 4:1-3. 

1. Will there be a change in the way we walk after we become 
Christians? 

2. Do all people walk in the right way? Read Phil. 3:16-18; 
Eph. 2:1-2. 

July 27 - Liberty - Isaiah 61:1-3; John 8:31-36; Romans 8:16-21; 
Galatians5:13; I Peter 2:13-16. 

1. Man love liberty, but how do we become free? 

2. Can our liberty be the means of causing others to stumble? 



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BIBLE MONITOR 

JULY1, 1986 



VOL. LXIV 



NO. 13 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

SPRING OF WATER 

I've a spring of water flowing - 

And it comes from deep within - 
And it's source is from my Saviour 

For He washes away sin. 

O, this spring is so refreshing - 

Helps me start on each new day 
As I open up my Bible 

And read what it has to say. 

I find the words will revive me - 

They will give new energy 
To climb the "Highest Mountain" 

Or cross the "Deepest Valley." 

Won't you come and go along now? 

Use this Bible for your map 
And when you come to crevices 

Christ will help you "Bridge the Gap." 

He'll take the hand of everyone 

Who would like to take this trip - 
And this "Spring of Water Flowing" 

Will refresh all with each sip. 

Sister Irene Stout 

R. 1 Box 160, Wabash, IN 46992 



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THE BLESSINGS OF GOD 

The many blessings, we receive from God are so numerous and 
common that we too often take them for granted. If we begin to 
think seriously of all we have received from God we may be 
overwhelmed. If we make no accounting of them we become 
unthankful and self-centered. 

The blessings we receive may be in all areas of our lives. We are 
liable to take credit for our good times but we may blame God for 
our bad times. If we realized what we have received from God we 
would be more thankful and less prone to praise ourselves. 

Our blessings from God may be material prosperity. We may 
enjoy some of the riches of this world. But we should not expect 
prosperity as a reward for righteousness. God has His own 
reasons for allowing us various material blessings. 

Material blessings, especially when in great abundance, may 
tend to be more of a test than a blessing. The accumulation of 
worldly goods may hamper our thankfulness as we praise our- 
selves instead of God for them. They may also lead us toward a life 
style that is not consistent with our Christian profession. We may 
become more interested in worldly accumulations than in 
furthering our Spiritual lives. We need to exercise great care in our 
pursuit and use of material blessings. A lack of material or 
financial means may seem a hardship but it may prove a blessing. 
God can use our hardships to bless us as He provides where we are 
unable. Blessings may be in a form that we hardly recognize them, 
but they are blessings nevertheless. 

The blessings we receive may be physical. These have to do with 
our health and safety. Our bodies have been wonderfully created 

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by our Heavenly Father. They also need His protection and care. 
His Word gives us directions for the development of proper habits 
and the avoidance of sinful habits that would weaken the body. His 
teachings of self-discipline are given so our bodies may be useful 
to Him. 

Despite our best care of our bodies we still can develop diseases 
and afflictions. These come upon us neither by desire nor in 
judgment. Then we can better appreciate the blessings of health. 
We can also appreciate the blessings of His care for us in the midst 
of our afflictions. Our weaknesses, like Paul's, allows God to use 
His strength in our behalf. God may use various ways to restore 
our health. He may use rest and relaxation as the means of 
restoration. He may also use the knowledge and abilities of 
doctors and other health care professionals. He may also use the 
anointing service and His own power to accomplish the healing. 
Whatever means He uses, it is a blessing to the healed. 

God's physical blessings are evident in the safety He gives as we 
travel. There are many dangers, both seen and unseen. The 
highways, rivers, oceans and airways all have their dangers. With- 
out a Heavenly Father to protect us we would far more often be 
found in danger's place. Safety is a blessing from God. 

The material and physical blessings we receive are enjoyable but 
even more beneficial are the Spiritual blessings, we receive. These 
blessings draw us toward eternity. The material and physical 
blessings may help us be able to enjoy the Spiritual but they are 
limited to earthly things. The Spiritual blessings are internal and 
designed to further our Spiritual growth and maturity. 

The Spiritual blessings we receive may vary among us as our 
Spiritual maturity varies. Also our various Spiritual blessings may 
vary according to the differences in our personalities and habits. 
God has provided them for us collectively and individually. These 
Spiritual blessings include our local worship services. The fellow- 
ship of the saints, the sharing in singing, the edification of Bible 
Study are among some of the blessings awaiting us at our home 
congregations. District Meetings, Lovefeasts, Harvest Meetings 
and General Conference are other opportunities for enjoying 
God's blessings. But Spiritual blessings are not limited to large 
gatherings, they are available to the individual Christian. Through 
private Bible study, prayer, and Christian service, there will come 
blessings to a Christian. 

The blessings bestowed upon us by God are precious because 
they come from Him. We too often take these blessings for 
granted. We are very prone to use our prayers to ask God to bless 
us in a particular way but we do not use our prayers to praise Him 
for blessings received. Let us remember that God cares for each 
one of us and He so freely bestows His blessings upon us. 



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THE JUNIPER TREE 

I Kings 19 

"But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and 
came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for 
himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take 
away my life; for I am not better than my fathers." 

Elijah had just come through a turbulent time in his life. He was 
God's servant, and had experienced God's blessings and care, but 
now he was discouraged. He felt like he couldn't take anymore. 
Jezebel was after him, and he knew she would carry out her threat 
to kill him if at all possible. Elijah did not want to die at her hand, 
and he didn't want to keep running either. He had fled to 
Beersheba, then went another day's journey into the wilderness. It 
had been a long and hectic time since Elijah challenged the 
prophets of Baal and later slew them. Now he was very weary. 

A juniper tree is a desert shrub, good for shade and protection 
from the weather. Here Elijah laid down, hoping to die. In his 
despair, he desired that God would take him because, in our words, 
he'd had enough. Elijah made his request, then went to sleep, no 
doubt in sheer exhaustion. His experiences of the last few weeks, 
and also of the last few years (read I Kings 17 and 18) had been 
both physically and emotionally draining, and he was now at the 
end of his strength. 

Elijah was a special person, but he was still human, and, like us, 
was subject to discouragement. He needed spiritual renewal right 
then. Elijah was touched by an angel, and we too sometimes need 
an angel's touch. We need a special message from God, a message 
from His heart to ours. We need help because, as with Elijah, the 
journey is too great for us. We can't make it unless God comes to 
us and strengthens us. 

Elijah was told to rise and eat. Food already prepared was on the 
coals nearby. A container of water was by his head, easily within 
reach. It is likely that he was too weak to leave his refuge, the 
juniper tree. After eating, he laid down, still in need of rest, and the 
angel touched him again. For the second time, Elijah ate and 
drank, and was strengthened. He then went in the strength of that 
meat forty days and forty nights. God cared for Elijah when he in 
no way could care for himself. His care can be seen in detail —note 
the fire, and the home-like touch it gave. The angel could have 
given Elijah a cold lunch, but the hot meal met his need much 
better. 

Elijah ate natural food, but the strength he received was super- 
natural. I believe he received spiritual strength and encourage- 
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God had mercy on him. He came to Elijah right where he was, and 
lifted him up out of despair. As we think over Elijah's experiences 
with God, all the miracles, and so forth, we may wonder why Elijah 
got so discouraged. It was because he was human just as we are. 
God cares when we too are overwhelmed by the trials of life and 
comes to help us — right where we are. 

The juniper tree was a place of despair, but it became the place 
of renewal and encouragement. It was the place where Elijah's 
hope was restored, where he received assurance that God hadn't 
forgotten him. Elijah's work was not done yet, his time to die had 
not come, and God strengthened him for the days ahead. This 
experience was followed by further assurances at Mt. Horeb. 
There Elijah reaffirmed his faithfulness to God and expressed his 
loneliness. God responded with a demonstration of His power and 
the assurance that Elijah wasn't alone in his faithfulness, that there 
were yet seven thousand people who did not worship idols. 

Elijah still had a job to do, and was no doubt encouraged to 
know God could still use him. He was to anoint Elisha, his 
successor, and he would no longer be alone. Sometimes we feel 
very much alone as he did, but we're not, for God is watching over 
us. We may think in our loneliness that we've outlived our 
usefulness to God, but we haven't. Our work isn't done until God 
says it's enough. 

Have you had a juniper tree experience where despair has come 
and life is more than you can bear? God may not send an angel to 
you, but He will touch you in some way so you know He is there. 
Elijah was blessed in a personal way and you will be too. God 
knows what to do for you, to lift you up and meet the deepest need 
of your heart. 

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy. 
God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold 
thee with the hand of my righteousness." Isa. 41:10. Fear, dis- 
couragement, despair — all are familiar to us. Yet God assures us 
of His care and presence. Whatever goes wrong, He'll be right 
there. Elijah was lifted up and went on to finish his work, a nd that's 
what God will do for us. Let your 'juniper tree' be the beginning, 
not the end, for there are good things yet to come. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



Groanings unutterable lead to joys unspeakable. 



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CONFERENCE IMPRESSIONS 

People old, 

People new, 
Familiar faces, 
Families true. 
Friends from places far and wide, 
Friendships fresh and friendships tried. 
Praising, 
Praying, 
Bible classes; 
Generous meals fed to masses... 
This is conference to me. 
Holy manna 

from above, 
Admonitions 

said with love. 
Fellowship... 

OH, how sweet! 
Memories past 
of those who sleep. 
Another memory, another year, 

Another smile, another tear. 
May our meeting 
this year be, 

blessed of God 
for all to see. 
May our church 

forever prosper 
In the world — 
to save the lost there. 
May we here 

more strength receive, 
Leading others to believe. 
Sure of God — 
our Lord and King; 
May we, to Him, 
Forever cling. 

Sister Miriam Litfin 
Newberg, Oregon 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

The kind of person God wants me to be... CONTENT 

Are you content? Do you see God's provision in all aspects of 
your life as sufficient? We are living in the age of discontentment 
and yet God's Word is explicit in instructing us in this area of our 
lives. 

We are prone to complain and the reason (many times) is to try to 
justify our lives which are being lived out of the control of the Holy 
Spirit. Eve was dissatisfied with what she had and she reached out 
for the forbidden. This set a trend for the human race which is 
perpetuated today. Man is a cronic complainer. 

But God hates complaining. Even after He so profoundly 
delivered His people out of the bondage of Egypt and promised to 
meet all of their needs in the wilderness, these people complained 
constantly about the inconveniences in their lives. You know, God 
is leading us from similar slavery in the world of sin and we seem to 
pull back and complain all the way just as the Israelites did. We 
condemn them vehemently and forget to check out our own 
personal characters. Remember, trials and testing are built into 
our lives and IF WE CANNOT BE CONTENT THEN MIS- 
FORTUNES COME, WE HAD BETTER TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT 
THE "MANUAL FOR LIFE." 

Because of discontentment in parents, children are emulating 
this action at an early age. We coddle them in the face of minor 
discomforts. We expect God to fix all our broken toys before we 
can be content with life! How easily we complain about the 
weather, the car, the job, a fellow Christian or the church. If you 
look into God's Word, you find these words, "And when the Lord 
heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned 
among them." God hates complaining! 

Contentment will only be a part of our lives as we have a proper 
recognition of God as our Creator and of ourselves as the creature 
(or created). These two facts can never blend together so that we 
begin to feel a self-sufficiency. God made you and because you 
recognize His sovereign hand shaped this lump of clay, you will not 
complain. He writes the narrative of our lives and He will continue 
to change the plot as is within His perfect will. If you have ever 
watched a skilled potter working with clay you will note that the 
clay never makes the rules. If it tries to "do its own thing," it ends 
up a destroyed lump on the floor. Then, the "creator" must remold 
it and remake it into something beautiful once again. The 
remaking is always more difficult than the smooth workmanship on 
the original model. 

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for dead and who has gotten up, shaken off the dust and went back 
to town to preach the gospel. You have not been unjustly thrown 
Into prison (and had your heart and lips filled with hymns) with 
soldiers on each side of you while your feet were fastened securely 
in stocks. When Paul wrote, "I have learned, in whatsoever state I 
am, therewith to be content," he wasn't quoting from a book of 
poetry. He was living it! (Phil. 4:11) When we read his credentials 
we begin to wonder who we can express discontent when our 
pretty inconveniences occur. 

Contentment is not a "smiley-face" nor is it a "have a nice day" 
philosophy. It is rather, a rugged confidence in the face of 
obstacles. It dares to believe that God is in total control of our 
lives. It is an understanding that "God will never fail you nor 
forsake you." 

Material things can blind our eyes to eternity. For some people, 
money seems to carry the promise of immortality. In this age of 
affluence we must continue to remind ourselves that the world 
doesn't owe us anything... and neither does God. Remember, the 
grass may sometimes look a lot greener on the other side of the 
fence, but it still has to be mowed. 

The Scriptures speak routinely about contentment in the context 
of material things. It also eludes to contentment with life in 
general. Thus, if we were in define contentment in the context of 
its total implication, we would say that it is a state of mind that 
comes from knowing that God has provided all that I need, material 
and spiritual, to live life successfully. 

Contentment allows us to enjoy our possessions without them 
possessing us. It allows us to use money and enjoy people rather 
than use people and enjoy money. It allows us to fulfill the com- 
mandment, "Thou shalt not covet." It even allows us to be alone 
and enjoy ourselves. 

Are you dissatisfied, agitated, cynical and lacking in optimism? 
Are you obsessed with your personal "rights?" If any of these fit, 
you are a part of this angry generation. And if these mentalities are 
creeping into the church, we must guard ourselves militarily 
against them. We must repeat with David, "The Lord is my 
shepherd, I shall not want." 

May Louise Riley Smith summed up our goal when she wrote, 
"Then be content, poor heart! 
God's plans, like lilies pure and white, unfold: 
We must not tear the close-shut leaves apart 
Time will reveal the calyxes of gold!" 

Brother Len Wertz 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

July 1, 1926 

EDUCATIONAL 

B. E. Kesler 

We sometimes hear members of the church who are interested in 
the schools speak slightingly of the older brethren because of the 
stand they took when there was a question of having or of not 
having schools brought into the church. It has seemed to me that a 
false impression is at times given of the attitude of these brethren. 

It was my good fortune to be intimately acquainted with a 
number of these men, and I must say that they were conscientious 
men who were doing their best for the cause which was dear to 
them, and which they felt meant much to the world. 

The idea is often given that these brethren were opposed to 
learning; which is far from being true. Some of them were hard 
students, and learned all they could so that their sermons might be 
more helpful. They were not opposed to a man developing his 
mind. 

What they were afraid of was that through the schools the world 
would be brought into the church and we should become that 
which the New Testament says we are not to become, namely, of 
the world. About fifty years ago schools began to be started in the 
church, and professedly for the church, and we see the result. 
Those who think the church is going right give the credit to the 
schools, and those who think the church is going wrong, give the 
blame to the schools; and it would be difficult to change either side. 

We believe in education, but we do not believe it necessary to 
become worldly in order to get all the education we need, all and 
more than we use for the glory of God and the good of mankind. 
We do not believe in the kind of education that teaches as truth that 
which is contrary to the Word of God. And yet we have brethren 
who teach in the schools of the church those things which are 
opposed to the Bible, and still they expect the church to put up the 
money for their support. 

The Bible teaches that God created man; our teachers, who are 
called "professors", "doctors", and so forth, instead of "brethren", 
teach that man did not come from a creative act of God, but was 
developed by evolution from lower animal forms, which in turn 
were developed from inorganic matter, by what they call the 
processes of nature. 

That is what makes us feel that the schools should not be 
tolerated in the church or sponsored by the church. We believe 
that to believe and to obey the Bible is to walk with God, and that to 



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disbelieve and disobey it is to walk away from God. And we do not 
want to walk that way, nor do we want our children or grand- 
children to walk that way. We are called "old fogies", "mossbacks" 
and other names just as polite and Christian. But such courtesies 
do not change our belief in the least. God helping us, we shall 
stand for his Word so long as he gives us life on earth, for believing 
as we do, there is no other way in which we can receive the promise 
of another and better life beyond this world. 

If our schools — we must call them ours because the church has 
taken them — would strive to serve God and the church according 
to His Word, we should be in favor of them. Why should we 
endeavor to get our children to believe that the New Testament is 
the way or reveals the way of salvation, and then send them to be 
taught that it is not, that John did not know what he was writing 
about when he said that Jesus made everything that was made? 
And have that teaching done by a man who professes to be of the 
same faith that we are? 

We shall be glad when we can feel that the church has reached 
the lowest position to which she will go, and that she must turn and 
go back, regain some of the truth, some of the faith in God which 
she has been losing for a number of years. But she cannot do that 
if her teachers are to sit at the feet of unbelievers and be led away 
from the truth by them. There cannot be such affiliation with that 
kind of men as we have had in recent years, and which has caused 
at least one of our schools to be classed among the unsafe kind by 
some outside of our own denomination. 

A Christian ought to be in better business than making infidels. 
Unless our education is used for God it will do more harm than 
good. It is not an end; it cannot save. It gives power, but the power 
seems to draw the possessor more away from God than toward 
him. Man cannot find out God. If we are ever to know him it must 
be through his revelation of himself to us. This he has done and we 
received him, became his humble followers. Shall we now turn 
away from him and walk in the darkness of human knowledge? 
God forbid that we should forsake His Word. 

GODS OF OUR CHOOSING 

Daniel 5:4 "They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of 
silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone." 

The Old Testament verse we would like to use for a basis of our 
thoughts is taken from a familiar account. Belshazzarthe king had 
a great feast. The wine flowed freely. After drinking much wine the 
king ordered that the golden vessels that were out of the house of 
God be brought out for use in this ungodly feast. In the midst of 



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the feasting a hand appeared and wrote on the wall. Daniel was 
called in to interpret the meaning of the handwriting. At the end of 
the chapter Belshazzar loses his life. 

Previous to this account we have the account of the three 
Hebrew children thrown into the fiery furnace and the account of 
Daniel in the lions' den. We see danger in making these accounts 
into only allegories or children's stories rather than actual divine 
working of miracles. While God did not choose to deliver every 
Saint from the jaws of death, we believe it is important that we 
realize he has the power to do so. 

Now we come to our opening verse. We see that they "drank 
wine." By allowing themselves to become drunk they became 
controlled by the spirit of this world rather than the leading of the 
Holy Spirit. We believe it is possible for Christians to become 
"drunk" with the things of this world. This gives us desires for 
things that do not bring glory to God. 

After they became drunk they praised the gods of: (1) gold. We 
see this as symbolic of desire for many worldly possessions. Do we 
think we have to have every new gadget that is mass produced? Do 
we envy those in the world who have new cars and homes filled 
with new furniture and many modern conveniences while we may 
be forced to live a more simple life? If we can afford all these things 
do we put God's work first? 

(2) silver: This is related to the god of gold. We see this god as 
the desire to accumulate great amounts of money. We believe 
many homes are broken up because of this god. While it is 
necessary to earn a living and we do not believe it is wrong to have 
a savings account we dare not let this come before a wife and 
children. The worship of money can cause individuals to not take 
proper care of their body by relaxing and taking time out for some 
type of recreation. There are some types of recreation that can 
also be a means of saving money such as working in a garden if 
you have an office joy or another job that is not physically 
demanding. This is alright as long as it is truly relaxation and not 
merely another way of worshipping the god of silver. 

(3) brass: This is a substitute for gold. We see this god as a 
desire to appear rich by wearing fake jewelry and expensive 
clothes while neglecting real needs and/or giving to the work of the 
Lord. When a professing Christian bows to this god he is not only 
disobeying New Testament instructions but is also guilty of being a 
hypocrite, (trying to appear to be something that he is not.) This is 
one area that the vast majority of Christendom has fallen victim to, 
being drunk with the spirit of this world. 

(4) iron: This is a sign of strength. This god causes us to depend 
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leaning on God's strength. Although it is not really a system of 
wisdom, evolution has been accepted by many because men with 
supposedly greater intellect have voiced support for this myth. Do 
we look to guns and physical weapons for our defense while Jesus 
Christ taught that we should be nonresistant? Are we ashamed to 
go to a brother or sister or the Church and seek help if we find 
ourselves in financial or physical need? In II Corinthians 12:10 
Paul says, "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, 
in necessities, in persecutions, in distress for Christ's sake: for 
when I am weak, then am I strong." This is far different from the 
popular "health and wealth gospel" being propogated today. Have 
we fallen victim to this false god? 

(5) wood: This is usually used, at least to some degree, for a 
building. Have some made a god out of erecting large edifices to 
worship in but not allowing the Spirit of God to lead the thinking 
therein? While speaking about buildings, we are reminded about a 
recent article we read concerning the fact that Mormons do not put 
crosses on their temples. The writer thought this proved that the 
cross of Christ was not being honored. While we certainly do not 
wish to give support to Mormonism we feel they, rather than the 
writer, are correct. The spotless, shining crosses displayed on the 
churches are not the old rugged cross that Jesus died upon. Such 
a cross would not be displayed in many places. God desires to be 
worshipped by using the temple of our body and a meetinghouse is 
merely a convenience. 

(6) stone: A stone is smaller than a rock. We see this as symbolic 
of building our theology on man's puny ideas rather than the Rock 
of our salvation, Jesus Christ. Many would try to separate the 
living Word (Jesus Christ) and the Written Word (the Holy Bible) 
but to do so is to leave us open to a "stone theology." Men try to 
make obedience to New Testament teachings "legalism." At the 
same time some of these practice true legalism by following Old 
Testament standards. The remaining dissenters argue for no (or at 
least very few) standards at all. 

Follow the true Triune God of Holy Scripture. This will not make 
you popular. You may be left out of much "church feasting." But in 
the end you will be standing before God with a clean heart. If you 
have never given your life to Jesus Christ, please do not delay. 
Eternity awaits you. 

James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

John Introducing Christ 
J. H. Moore 

The work of the New Dispensation was begun by John the 
Baptist, the forerunner of Christ. His preaching, as Mark puts it, 
was "the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God" 
(Mark 1:1). It is further stated, as cited before, that "the law and the 
prophets were until John: since then the kingdom of God is 
preached" (Luke 16:16). We read: "There was a man sent from 
God, whose name was John" (John 1:6). So he was selected by 
God for a special purpose and, during his brief ministry, performed 
his mission, which was to prepare a people for Christ. He delivered 
the message received of God, and in this way prepared a people by 
making known to them the mission with which he had been 
entrusted. He magnified not himself, but the Christ, who was to 
follow. 

He was entrusted with a baptism that was from heaven (Matthew 
21 :25), and to the thousands who received his teachings regarding 
Jesus, he administered the rite of baptism. In the midst of his 
remarkable career, and while baptizing in the river Jordan, Jesus, 
who was then about thirty years old, came forward and demanded 
baptism. At first John hestitated, feeling that he was hardly worthy 
to baptize One whom he regarded as his superior. But being fully 
convinced, by what was said on the occasion, that this was a part of 
his mission, he led Jesus into the sacred stream and baptized him, 
employing the form of baptism that he had received from heaven, 
and the form observed in the baptism of the thousands who had so 
willingly accepted his teachings. At Christ's baptism, God pro- 
claimed him as his beloved Son, thus settling the question with 
John, and others having spiritual insight, that he was indeed the 
long-promised Messiah, - the One of whom Moses and the 
prophets had written. 

MARRIAGE 

MOYER- BURKHOLDER 

Bro. Llewellyn J. Moyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moyer, 
Bernville, Pennsylvania and Sis. Anita J. Burkholder, daughter of 
Bro. and Sis. Donald Burkholder, Bernville, Pennsylvania, were 
united in marriage May 24, 1986. The wedding service was held at 
the Dunkard Brethren Church at Frystown, Pennsylvania. The 
ceremony was performed by Eldor Allen B. Eberly. 

The couple will be residing at Box 168, Rehrersburg, Pennsyl- 
vania 19550. 



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OBITUARIES 

ANNA B. JOHNS 

Sis. Anna B. Johns, age 76, of East Lincoln Avenue, Lititz, 
Pennsylvania passed away at home unexpectedly, March 7, 1986. 
She had been under a physician's care. 

She was born November 16, 1909, the daughter of the late 
Christian and Anna (Bess) Johns. She joined the Church of the 
Brethren, November 1921. She was a faithful member of the Lititz 
Dunkard Brethren Church since it was organized in 1929. 

Surviving are two sisters, Sarah B. Buffenmyer, Ephrata, 
Pennsylvania and Susanna B. Johns, with whom she lived, three 
brothers, Christian B., Leola, Pennsylvania; Francis B., Leola, 
Pennsylvania and Walter B., Ephrata, Pennsylvania. 

Funeral services were held at the Lititz Dunkard Brethren 
Church, March 10, 1986, by Elder Allen Eberly with Elder Laverne 
Keeney and Brother Jack Snyder assisting. Burial in Bareville 
Cemetery, Bareville, Pennsylvania. 

The family wishes to express thanks and appreciation to all for 
the many prayers, cards, and visits extended to us during this time 
of bereavement. 

The family of Anna B. Johns 

GALEN B. HARLACHER 

Bro. Galen Benjamine Harlacher was born in Teaken, Idaho on 
April 16, 1906, the son of Pius E. and Mollie (Henry) Harlacher. He 
moved to Newberg, Oregon with his parents in 1932 and has been a 
resident of that area since that time. 

He was married to Elsie Reed on September 4, 1938 and they 
lived a happy life on a small acreage northwest of Newberg. He 
earned a living as a landscape gardener until his retirement. 
Gardening was also his hobby at the home that he loved so much. 
Among his other hobbies was playing the zither harp and enter- 
taining friends and family by playing records on his Edison phono- 
graph. 

He was a minister and elder in the Dunkard Brethren Church for 
many years. On July 5, 1936 Brother Harlacher was elected and 
installed into the ministry. On November 16, 1940, Galen and Elsie 
were advanced to the Eldership. 

Altogether, the Newberg Church has had 106 Lovefeast services 
of which 103 of these services were held both Fall and Spring 
beginning in the fall of 1934. Of these 103 Lovefeast services, 
Brother Harlacher never missed one. 



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Brother Harlacher departed this life on May 30, 1986 at the King 
City Convalescent Center shortly after being transferred there from 
the Newberg Community Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Elsie, 
daughter Wanda Wayman of Newberg, sister Annie Harlacher of 
Grants Pass, Oregon and two grandchildren, Steven Roedel of 
Newberg and Lori Roedel of Aloha, Oregon. 

NEWS ITEMS 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Lord willing, there will be a week of Revival Meetings at 
Grandview, Missouri, July 20 through July 27. Bro. H. Edward 
Johnson of Wauseon, Ohio will be our evangelist. Our Lovefeast 
and Communion will be held on July 26. All are welcome to attend 
and pray for these meetings. 

Sister Mary Lou Kasza, Cor. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

We look forward to Revival in our hearts and lives. Bro. Len 
Wertz is to be our evangelist for our meetings at 7:30 each evening, 
July 27 through August 3, 1986. 

It would be a real blessing to our congregation if many of you 
could share these services with us. 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 

THANKS 

I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to each of the Brethren and 
Sisters for remembering me during my two week stay in the 
hospital and since returning home with visits, prayers, cards, 
letters and flowers. May God bless you richly for all your 
kindnesses. 

Sister Kathryn Hollandsworth 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

The announcement of our two weeks revivals, July 20 through 
August 3, is an invitation to all. Come and join us in the blessings 
of hearing God's Word. Our Harvest Meeting is the afternoon of 
July 20. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 



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VOL. LXIV JULY 15, 1986 



NO. 14 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



LET ME LIVE 

Let me live each day 

As though it were my last, 
For who, but God knows 

When my days will be past? 
I will look ahead 

And I will count the cost, 
Trust the Lord to lead 

So my soul won't be lost. 

I've made Christ my choice 

He's showing me the way, 
I will read His Word 

So my feet do not stray. 
And I'll watch for Him 

To come down from the skies 
To take me along 

With all the Saints that rise. 



- Sister Irene Stout 

R. 1 Box 160, Wabash, IN 46992 



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THANKFUL AND THOUGHTFUL 

There are various natural disasters that afflict the different areas 
of this country. There are areas where hurricanes are common. 
Other areas suffer from tornadoes. Severe blizzards, floods or heat 
waves happen. The Pacific Coast is occasionally jolted with 
earthquakes of varing strength. 

When these disasters strike, there is no physical power that can 
prevent or divert them. Many tragedies have happened as the 
result of these natural disasters. Tornadoes have destroyed 
homes, businesses, towns and lives in very short order. Earth- 
quakes, without warning, have destroyed lives and possessions. 
Other manifestations of nature's power have made themselves felt. 

While these disasters tend to happen in a particular area, there 
are times when they are felt elsewhere. Tornadoes have been 
known near the Pacific Coast. Earthquakes have been felt in the 
Midwest and even in the East. Blizzards some times sweep out of 
the Northern Plains to the South and East. None are immune from 
the destructiveness of these disasters. If one particular area is not 
subject to one type of disaster it may be the center of another type 
of disaster. Disasters are common to all. 

We have all had the experience of facing these disasters. Some 
have faced greater ones than others. Some have felt the full fury of 
disaster and have suffered the physical and mental consequences. 

When we have faced these dangers and have been permitted to 
survive them, while others have lost much, we should be very 
thankful. God makes use of these disasters for His own purposes. 
We may not understand just what His motives may be. 

He may use disasters to let men know that He is more powerful 

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than all the plans, programs and productions of men. He may use 
them to awake some to their true Spiritual standing before Him. He 
shakes nature to shake them to consider their ways. He may use 
these times to confirm in the mind of Christians that He is still in 
control of the forces of this world. There are a lot of voices in the 
world today proclaiming the greatness and invulnerability of man. 
A few seconds of earthquake or tornado dispels that false opinion. 

When we have survived one of these disasters, we should be very 
thankful. We should be thankful for the sparing of our lives and 
possessions. Even if we have sustained some loss we can always 
consider how much worse it could have been. We can behold how 
others have been afflicted far worse than we have been. Actually, 
we should be thankful to God without these events. We should be 
thankful every day for what we are, have and can be. Yet it seems 
that God must use these natural means to awaken the spirit of 
thankfulness within us. 

While thankfulness should be the first emotion within us after 
surviving a disaster, the spirit of thoughtfulness should also enter 
in. We should consider that we have been spared for some reason. 
Disaster may destroy or seriously touch one person or family or 
area and leave others who were just as vulnerable, untouched. 
"Why?", is often the question. Some serious thought should be 
given to that question. 

Certainly we have survived not because we are any better than 
any other. God sends rain and sun and disasters upon the just and 
the unjust. God is impartial. Unlike humans He is able to be fair 
with all, no matter their personalities, or their good and bad points. 

When we have survived the disaster, are we ever wise enough to 
consider what the consequences would have been if we had not 
survived? Where would we have found ourselves? How well were 
we prepared for eternity? We think that it is always someone else 
who is suddenly, unexpectedly ushered into eternity. But what if 
that someone were us? These may be hard and even unpleasant 
questions for us to consider. Yet, we must. Our eternal destiny 
depends upon the answers we give to these questions. 

If the answers we receive to these questions are not as pleasant 
as we would wish, then some further thought should be given to the 
subject of preparing for eternity. We need to know that God has 
not given us His plan of salvation in vain. He has given it that we 
might be prepared even in the midst of disaster. If we do not have 
the opportunity to be thankful and thoughtful after a disaster, 
would we be in that state we would wish to be? 

Many depart this life without being taken by a disaster. They 
simply sleep away and do not arise in the morning. Others are the 
victims of accidents. While others taste death due to disease. Each 



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of these though they depart by natural means, must also face the 
question of their eternal condition. Where will their eternal 
habitation be? We may consider ourselves to be safe from natural 
disasters, which could well be a false security, but we must all face 
death. By whatever means we meet death, meet it we must. Then 
comes the eternity spent in the joys of Heaven or in the wretched 
fires of Hell. 

We may have to face the various natural disasters that our areas 
are subject to. However destructive earthquakes, hurricanes, 
tornadoes, floods, blizzards or any other disasters may be, the 
worse disaster of all is for a soul to be lost in Hell. 

Be thankful and thoughtful that whatever disaster you may have 
to face that you do not have to meet the worse one of all. 

I'M YOURS, LORD 

I'm yours, Lord. 
Everything I've got, 
Everything I am, 
Everything I'm not, 
I'm yours, Lord. 

These words are part of a chorus which is new to me, but it has 
an old message. If you think about it a moment, you will see that 
this message is the same as: 

Just as I am without one plea... 

O Lamb of God, I come. 

Whatever we have, whatever we are, whatever we're not — that's 
the way we come to Jesus. Good or bad, rich or poor, He wants our 
hearts, and no matter how we say it, that's the only thing we have to 
give to Him. 

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were 
yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8. When we come to Jesus, 
He takes us as we are — sinners — and then makes us what He 
wants us to be. We can't make ourselves better; we can't qualify for 
salvation by self-improvement. God grants us salvation because 
He wants to, not because we've earned it in any way. It is a gift of 
love from Him. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that 
not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." Eph. 2:9. 

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have ever- 
lasting life." John 3:16. When we believe as God wants us to, we 
will be set free from sin. Things in our lives will begin to change, 
and Christ's power will be evident in us. As our faith increases, our 
desires to please Him will also increase. We cannot belong to 
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"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that 
ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto 
God, which is your reasonable service." Rom. 12:1. God desires 
that we would give ourselves totally to Him. This means a total 
commitment, a total giving of self. It means placing all we are or 
ever hope to be in His hands. It means God's will comes before 
ours, even when it hurts. And yes, it will hurt at times simply 
because we're human. 

Jesus said, "I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in 
me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me 
ye can do nothing." John 15:5. Unless we abide in Christ, there 
has been no real commitment. When we abide in Him, it means we 
do everything together. Our lives are no longer our own. It means 
we get our strength from Him. He nourishes and supports us. We 
bear the fruit, but Jesus makes it possible. We can't leave Him, the 
Vine, and expect to amount to anything. 

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but 
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by 
the faith of the son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." 
Gal. 2:20. Crucifying the flesh — giving up our own desires — hurts, 
but letting Jesus have His way in our hearts brings us peace. Our 
new life in Christ brings us joy, and the blessings far outweigh 
anything we give up. We don't always understand the ways of the 
Lord, but knowing He loves us and has our best interests at heart is 
sufficient reason to place our lives in His hands. 

"I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved 
blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." I Thess. 
5:23b. Our entire being is to be involved in Christian living, to the 
end that we'll be ready to meet Jesus when He comes again. Our 
life on earth is not the end; it is the preparation time for Eternity. 
The things which we value so highly in this life and find so hard to 
give up don't mean much when compared to Eternity. 

The one really important thing for now and Eternity is what to do 
with Jesus. We have to decide whether to accept or reject Him, if 
we will serve Him wholly or just be half-hearted about it. We know 
no man can serve two masters (Luke 16:13) but if we try to follow 
Jesus half-heartedly, we're trying to do just that. We will not 
succeed in anything except in making ourselves miserable. We 
must decide what we're going to do with Jesus; we can't remain on 
neutral ground. 

"And that he died for all, that they which live should not hence- 
forth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and 
rose again." II Cor. 5:15. Jesus gave all He had to give for us, and 
we should do the same for Him. Giving all to Him is commitment to 
Christ and all He stands for. Commitment means, very simply, that 



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we've pledged and entrusted ourselves to Him. It is what we must 
do to please Him. It is actually living out that little chorus: 

I'm yours, Lord. 

Everything I've got, 

Everything I am, 

Everything I'm not. 

C an you honestly say, "I'm yours, Lord"? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

The kind of person God wants me to be.... REVERENT 

Irreverence is the hallmark of this age... and it has no place in the 
life of the committed Christian. Reverence is an attitude of deep 
respect and love toward those in authority. The word used in the 
scripture is "fear." We are commanded to fear God, our rulers, 
employers, parents and those in spiritual authority. Fear is a basic 
response to God and His authority. This concept is profound in the 
Old Testament but is consistently taught in the New Testament, as 
well. We fear God because He is totally unlike us... holy and 
eternal. 

Notice love is part of our definition of being reverent. Reverence 
for a person doesn't mean we withdraw from him, but it does mean 
that we maintain a distance in our attitude. As we approach God 
we understand that He is much more than our "Good Buddy"... He 
is infinitely holy. 

In our American society it is unpopular to have distinctions of 
any kind. We fear them! We seek to erase sexual distinctions. We 
feel free in criticizing our President, disobeying our employers, 
ridiculing our parents and disregarding our spiritual leaders. 
Reverence is a rare commodity today. 

God demands reverence of us. He told Moses to take his shoes 
off because he was on holy ground. God is close to us in love but 
separate in His purity. We must always understand this. Folksy 
religion is in vogue today. This was not true of the Hebrew 
mentality. They would rejoice in their God with dancing, but would 
also fall on their faces in absolute awe in His presence. If 
familiarity breeds contempt, then we today are in danger of it in our 
relationship with God. It is unpopular to be in awe. How we need 
to reinstate that kind of relationship. 

Both Jude and Peter taught that those who despise authority 
would be judged. The minor prophets related a lack of reverence 
among God's people during their time. Their preception of God 
was wrong. God is worthy of our respect and reverence. Malachi 
rebuked the children of Israel for their cheap religion and phony 

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The Pharisees showed an independence in worshiping God by 
their religious piety... yet Jesus saw through this and taught them 
about the wicked tenants in His parable. 

When the thief on the cross scoffed at Jesus, the other thief 
rebuked him saying, "Do you not fear God?" That question should 
be on our lips and in our heart. When we hear Christians using 
slang that takes the Lord's name in vain, we, too, should say, "Don't 
you fear God?" When we see children and even young people 
disobeying their parents, wives criticizing their husbands, em- 
ployees scoffing at their bosses, citizens mocking the president, we 
should say, "Don't you fear God?" 

The Bible says to pay honor to whom honor is due. One way we 
give this honor is with appropriate speech. Our speech reveals our 
attitude about people and God. Jokes about God, slang words 
referring to God and simplistic expressions as "The Man Upstairs" 
have no place in the vocabulary of the conservative Christian who 
is showing a fear for the Lord. 

Actions also show our respect or the lack of it. I am concerned 
that we have lost so much of it today that it may take many years to 
regain what we've lost. Our decline in Christian values has followed 
the world's social value decline. We have taken the holy and made 
it profane. We have taken the sacred and made it commonplace. 
Pray that God will restore to us the vision of His holiness and instill 
within us a proper response. Deut. 4:24 says, "For the Lord thy 
God is a consuming fire." Can we be casual about that statement. 

As our vision of God grows smaller, we divest Him of His 
unapproachable majesty. The fear of God is more than a natural 
apprehension of danger. It is an acute feeling of personal insuf- 
ficiency in His presence. 

Reverencing God will have a profound effect on our worship as 
well as our witness. It can bring us to the presence of the Lord in a 
new way. Will you be the kind of person God wants you to be... 
REVERENT? 

Brother Len Wertz 

VICTORY OVER DEATH AND THE GRAVE 

Our precious Saviour was victorious over death and the grave. 
"He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities 
and by His stripes we were healed." Those who nailed Him to the 
cross, because He had said that after His death He would rise 
again, wanted to make sure His body would stay in the tomb. The 
power of God was manifested. The soldiers, who set a watch, 
through the power of God became as dead men. 

"Up from the grave He arose 

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Do we appreciate the great sacrifices made by our Heavenly 
Father and Son as we should? Our Father was willing to give His 
only begotten son for our redemption. The Saviour was willing to 
leave the shining courts of Heaven and come to this sinful world for 
our redemption. The words of our precious Saviour to the Lord 
were, "Not my will but thine be done." He was always willing to be 
obedient to the Father until His death on the cross. After His severe 
suffering and death, He arose to Eternal Glory. He told those of his 
own, "I go to prepare a place for you that where I am there ye may 
be also." 

He commanded them to preach the gospel to all nations and to 
teach them to observe all things He had commanded them and 
promised to be with them to the end. He lives forever with His 
saints to reign. We must become dead unto sin in this life to inherit 
eternal glory. 

Dead in sin in this life is the way to eternal destruction. Today 
many are preparing for life in this world only and are laying nothing 
up for the great life beyond this vale of tears. The treasurers of this 
world, moth doth corrupt and thieves break through and steal. The 
things of this world are perishable and the day is coming when all 
of it and its contents will be destroyed as our God has declared. 
How do the conditions of things today compare with the days of 
Noah? 

God is love. Christ said love one another as I have loved you, it is 
the fulfillment of the law. Those who have Christian love will not 
place unjust hardships upon others. We should always take the 
saving gospel as our guide. The placing of hardships upon others 
is the mark of darkness. 

As we grow older in this life, it comes to our memory many times 
of some with whom we labored in this world who have done much 
for the good of others and faithfully labored for the upbuilding of 
God's kingdom here on earth. It was their desire that we remain 
faithful. It is our desire to meet with them in the Place, Christ is 
preparing for all who love His appearing. He is coming back to 
earth again to receive His faithful servants unto eternal glory. 

Today there is much strife in the world and many have all their 
trust in the perishing things of this world. Heaven is a prepared 
place for a prepared people. The faithful can look forward to the 
crown of life. The faithful servants of God in this life after death 
become equal with the angels. Blessed are the dead who die in the 
Lord from henceforth they shall rest from their labors and their 
works do follow them. 

Will we stand the storms of life's pathway in this evil day? Let us 
not be among the foolish who have all their trust in the perishing 
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God's Word of a rich man who lived only for himself and had no 
sympathy for the poor man at his gate. All his trust was in his 
earthly possessions and himself. Nothing was laid up by him for 
the great life beyond and at the end of his life on earth he opened 
his eyes in hell begging for a little relief. The poor man at his gate 
was received into glory. The spirit of selfishness does not exist in 
the true Christian's life. The saving Gospel tells us how to become 
rich toward God and lay up for ourselves treasurers in Heaven. 

Because of the uncertainity of life in this world we should be 
prepared for eternal glory, a prepared place for a prepared people. 
We should never oppose or condemn others for good works. 
Unrighteous judgment is an act of injustice or self-condemnation. 
All things work together for good to them that love God. We need 
all the fruits of the Spirit to be qualified for the great eternal victory 
at the end of the true Christian's life on earth. Death shall be 
swallowed up in victory and this immortal shall put on immortality 
and all the sufferings, pains and hardships of this life will be over 
for all who have lived Godly in Christ Jesus in this world and have 
accepted His plan of salvation. They will be victorious over death 
in this life and victorious throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. 
Are we prepared for the victorious resurrection? 

Brother J. F. Marks 
804 W. Sundial Loop 
Plant City, FL 33566 



THE CHURCH YOU WANT 

If you want to have the kind of a church 

Like the kind of a church you like, 
You needn't slip your clothes in a grip 

And start on a long, long hike. 
You'll only find what you left behind, 

For there's nothing really new 
It's a knock at yourself when you knock the church; 

It's isn't the church — IT'S YOU. 

When everything seems to be going wrong, 

And trouble seems everywhere brewing; 
When prayer meeting, young people's meet, and all, 

Seems simmering slowly — stewing, 
Just take a look at yourself and say, 

"What's the use of being blue?" 
Are you doing your "bit" to make things "hit"? 

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It's really strange sometimes, don't you know, 

That things go as well as they do, 
When we think of the little — very small mite — 

We add to the work of the few; 
We sit, and stand around, and complain of what's done, 

And do very little but fuss. 
Are we bearing our share of the burdens to bear? 

It isn't the church — IT'S US. 

So if you want to have the kind of a church 

Like the kind of a church you like. 
Put off your guile and put on your best smile, 

And hike, my brother, just hike, 
To the work in hand that has to be done — 

The work of saving a few. 
It isn't the church that is wrong, my boy; 

It isn't the church — IT'S YOU. 

Anonymous. 

I found this poem the other day and felt it was worth sharing. 

There seems to be a lot of unrest among God's people today. 
Maybe it's not what others are doing but we ourselves. Are we 
constantly trying to bring new ideas and fashionable styles into our 
beloved Church? Are we doing all we can to help with our share of 
the workload, or would we rather stay away from services and 
complain how others handle church matters? 

The future of our Church should be a deep concern for each one. 
Let us "hold fast that which is good." I Thess. 5:21. 

Humbly submitted, 
Sister Karen Blocher 
Bradford, OH 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

•CHRIST THE HEAD 
J. H. Moore 

Referring to the confession made by Peter, Jesus said: "Upon 
this rock I will build my church" (Matt. 16:18). To this church 
belong all true believers who love Jesus, confess his name and 
obey his commandments. He is the Head and the Lawgiver by 
divine appointment. To him all saints are directly related, and 
thereby become and constitute the body of Christ upon the earth. 
The word "church," primarily, means "the called out." Jesus, 
through his Word, through his faithfuls teachers, and by the help of 
the Holy Spirit, calls upon men and women everywhere to forsake 



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their sins, come out from the world and to lay hold on eternal life. 
Those who, in faith, heed the call, make up the membership of the 
New Testament church. 

In Col. 1:18 we read: "And he is the head of the body, the 
church." Paul told the elders at Ephesus to feed the flock of God, 
which Jesus has purchased with his own blood (Acts 20:28). The 
church belongs to Jesus, was founded by him, and even purchased 
with his own blood. By his labors, John the Baptist prepared 
members for this body, and as they left all, and attached them- 
selves to Christ, they became members of his body, — subjects of 
his kingdom on earth. This mystical body of Christ has never been 
formally organized. As disciples accepted Jesus in faith and 
obedience, they became a part of his called-out, — the church, 
—and at the head he stands as the Savior, the Purchaser, and the 
Law-giver. However, for convenience, local churches have been 
organized, and, by virtue of New Testament recognition, they 
became parts of the body of which Jesus is the Divinely-appointed 
Head. These local churches, or congregations, which their 
officers, are authorized to do all that the Gospel requires of 
churches, and may combine to labor together for more extended 
work in the interest of the kingdom. 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

July 15, 1926 

THE CULMINATION 

B. E. Kesler 

About ten years ago many earnest souls became alarmed at the 
enroachments of worldliness into the church and the gradual intro- 
duction of innovations foreign to our former church polity. 

These earnest souls set about to work a reform in the church by 
counteracting the influences which to them seemed evil: and 
destructive of true vital piety and spirituality. These efforts were 
misunderstood by the leaders in the church and it was hard to 
arouse the great mass of the laity who still had the utmost 
confidence in the leaders, who somehow managed to keep up 
appearances while the real self was kept in the background, in the 
meantime scattering propaganda in the quiet way until sentiment 
was developed strong enough that they dared throw off the mask 
and the real self was manifest. In this way many unsuspecting 
simple minded folkss were deceived and had their confidence 
betrayed. 

Men who outwardly seemed sound in the faith suddenly turned 
right about and instead of joining hands and helping to remove the 
innovations that were disturbing the peace of the church and 



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tending to division, openly encouraged them, which widened the 
breach between the two parties which by this time had become 
quite distinct. 

As a means to counteract the worldward drift of the church 
which by this time was viewed with alarm, the "Bible Monitor" was 
launched as a medium through which real conditions could be 
made known and the membership aroused to a knowledge of 
conditions as they now had come to be. 

The "Monitor" likewise, was misunderstood and its timely 
warnings fell upon ears that were dull of hearing and even up to 
now many loyal members can not apparently realize conditions are 
as they are reported to be. 

Those who supported the "Monitor" in its work of reform have 
been ostracized, set at naught, coerced, and intimidated until 
forbearance has in their estimation, ceased to be a virtue. And as 
conditions have steadily grown worse and the breach continued to 
widen because of the continued growth of worldliness and in- 
novations in the church the "Monitor" people became discouraged 
and began to feel some definite action should be taken to relieve 
the suspense and grief of the loyal and faithful part of the church. 
Meetings were held, and overtures made to Conference, which 
proved unavailing, so that further efforts at reform in the church 
seemed futile and doomed to end in failure. 

The climax was reached when, in the late Conference at Lincoln, 
Nebraska the paper on "granting and receiving certificates of 
membership" was passed, making impossible the enforcement of 
disciplinary measures and remedial agencies by which the church 
formerly sought to regulate the conduct and life of the membership 
and promote piety and spirituality in her communicants. 

The situation now became such that the "Monitor family" as 
it had come to be known, felt they could no longer conscientiously 
or consistently fellowship many things tolerated and encouraged 
in the church by the leaders and those responsible for their intro- 
duction. 

Accordingly at their late meeting at Greentown, Indiana, June 24 
they voted unanimously "to declare ourselves independent, and to 
reorganize and to re-establish the true faith of the gospel amongst 
us" and to call ourselves "Dunkard Brethren", which means 
another religious body is to be added to the many now in existence. 

It must be apparent that God is not pleased with the divided state 
of professed Christianity and none perhaps, would want to be 
styled the culprit responsible for it. It must be remembered how- 
ever that God's minorities were never large and his people have 
always been preserved through remnants and will likely be to the 
end of the world. 



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Viewed in this light, while it may mean a different organization, it 
can not be wrong for the loyal and faithful to "come out and be 
separate" or to "withdraw from those who walk disorderly and not 
after the tradition delivered unto them" by their faithful prede- 
cessors. Indeed there is no other way by which it has been 
possible in the past to preserve the true faith on the earth. And it 
has already been said the Dunkard Brethren will soon find them- 
selves divided and drifting worldward just as other people have 
done. Be it so, then may there be another faithful few among them 
who will dare to be true and "come out" if necessary that there may 
be at least a remnant of the faithful among whom He may find faith 
when he comes. 

EVOLUTION 

Is there no living God? 
Then is there life in me? 
If God be not, then I am not; 
Nor could I ever be. 

For life must needs proceed 
From some primeval cause; 
No self-creating thing is known 
In all vast nature's laws. 

But "Science" falsely called, 
Dares to dictate to God; 
It contradicts His Holy Word, 
While atheists applaud. 

It says man was a beast; 
And that he slowly rose 
By lazy stages, till at last 
He came as man to pose. 

If men evolved from beasts, 
Will scientists explain 
How man has lived so long as man 
And still doth man remain? 

When did the process cease? 
And why evolve no more? 
Surely a further change must come 
If change did come before. 

Tis true a grub may grow 
And change its outer form; 
From chrysalis to butterfly 
No more to live as worm. 



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But man was not made so. 
Nor can he change his state; 
As man he was and man will be 
To times remotest date. 

For God did man create 
By special word and deed; 
Let not earth's vain philosophy 
God's record supersede. 

Let evolution go — 

A HUMAN theory — 

Hold fast God's faithful word and know 

By faith Life's Mystery. 

Humbly submitted by 
Brother Lester M. Flora 
R. 2 Box 558 
Syracuse, IN 46567 

MARRIAGE 

RUTTER-BURTNER 

Sister Yvonne Lynn Rutter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James 
Rutter and Brother Glen Burtner, son of Brother and Sister Barry 
Burtner were married on June 8, 1986 at 2 P.M. at the home of the 
Groom's parents. 

Brother Paul Hartz brought a message from God's Word after 
which he united the couple in Holy Matrimony. 

A group of about eighty-five were in attendance at the occasion. 

We wish God's blessing on this couple as they reside at Route 2, 
Box 204 D, Windsor, Pennsylvania 17366. 

OBITUARY 

HARRY BRADY 

Bro. Harry J. Brady was born February 25, 1908 in Carroll 
County, Indiana. He died at his home in Goshen, Indiana of 
unknown cause. His body was found June 4, 1986. 

He moved from Butlerville to Goshen in 1943. He was for many 
years night watchman at Goshen Churn and Ladder. 

He was for several years a member of the Goshen Dunkard 
Brethren Church. 

He is survived by two sisters, Sister Lester (Lillie) Flora, Syracuse, 
Indiana and Mrs. Faye Berry, Logansport, Indiana and one brother, 
Andrew, Logansport, Indiana. 



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Funeral services were held on June 6, 1986 at the Yoder-Culp 
Funeral Home by Bro. Terry Gunderman. Burial was in the Hess 
Cemetery. 

NEWS ITEMS 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation plans to have their Revival 
Meeting, August 17-31. Bro. Gordon Jamison is to be the speaker. 
The meeting will close with a Harvest service Sunday morning, 
August 31, basket dinner at noon, and the final service Sunday 
evening. There will be no afternoon service. 

All are welcome to come and enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater, Cor. 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Shrewsbury Congregation, Lord willing, is looking forward 
to a revival meeting. Bro. Dennis St. John from the Pleasant Ridge, 
Ohio Congregation will be our evangelist. The meetings will be 
held August 3 to August 17, with services each night at 7:30. We 
invite you to come, pray and worship with us during these 
meetings. 

We enjoyed another Lovefeast on May 25, 1986. It was a day of 
worship, fellowship, and working together to carry out God's 
ordinances. We were thankful for the visiting ministers who 
preached the Word. They were: Bro. Paul Hartz, Bro. Frank Shaffer, 
Bro. John Peffer, Bro. Emmert Shelly, and Bro. Virgil Leatherman 
who officiated at the evening service. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 

BROADWATER CHAPEL, MARYLAND 

The Lord willing the Broadwater Chapel Congregation is looking 
forward to a weeks revival from July 27 to August 3. Bro. Harley 
Flory from Ohio will be our evangelist. Come and worship with us. 

Sister Lavona Sines, Cor, 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 

The McClave Congregation is looking forward to having Bro. 
Rudy Schaffer bring us a series of revival messages, beginning on 
August 10 and continuing through August 17, 1986. Communion 
Services will be August 16. We invite all to come and fellowship 
with us. 

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together...." Heb. 
10:25. 

Sister Rhonda Snyder, Cor. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
AUGUST 1986 

August 3 - The Word of God - Hebrews 4:12-16. 

1. The Word will make us clean. Psalms 119:9, I Peter 1:22. 

2. Written with a purpose. John 20:31. 

August 10 - The Author of Eternal Salvation - Hebrews 5:1-14. 

1. How do we obtain salvation? I Peter 1:18-20. 

2. Is there danger in rejecting salvation? John 3:18. 
August 17 - Falling Away - Hebrews 6:1-9. 

1. What causes a falling away? Ephesians 4:14. 

2. Is falling away serious? Luke 9:62. 
August 24 - Heirs of Promise - Hebrews 6:10-20. 

1. What is an Heir? Romans 8:17. 

2. How do we become Children of God? John 1:12. 
August 31 - The Priesthood changed - Hebrews 7:1-17. 

1. How were the Priest's chosen under the law? Numbers 1:50. 

2. What was the difference in the Priesthood of Christ? Hebrews 
7:16. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR AUGUST 1986 

August 3 - Service - Matt. 21:28-32; I Cor. 15:58; James 2:14-26. 

1. Our service to God. Deut. 10:12. 

2. To our fellowman - Luke 10:30-37. 

August 10- Clean Living - Psalms 119:1-6; I John 2:14-17. 

1. How can we become clean? Heb. 9:14; I John 1:7. 

2. Where does the cleaning start inside or outside? Mark 7:14-23. 

August 17 - Following the Crowd - Exodus 23:1-2; Deut. 12:28-32; 
II Cor. 17:15; Matt. 23:1-12. 

1. Is there safety in large numbers? Exodus 23:2. 

2. How should we walk before the world? Romans 12:2. 

August 24 - Awake or Asleep - Mark 13:34-37; Mark 14:32-40; 
Eph. 5:14-17. 

1. In Isaiah 56:10 His watchman were sleeping, loving to 
slumber. 

2. We are to be awake. I Thess. 5:6. 

August 31 - Straight Paths - Deut. 5:32-33; Jos. 1:8-9; Prov. 4:26-27; 
Heb. 12:13-14. 

1. Are we to seek for new paths? Jer. 6:16. 

2. How can we know we are on the right path? Psalms 23:5. 



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VOL. LXIV 



AUGUST 1, 1986 



NO. 15 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



SWEET WILL OF GOD 

My Stubborn will at last hath yielded; 
I would be Thine and Thine alone; 
But this the prayer my lips are bringing, 
"Lord, let in me Thy will be done." 

I'm tired of sin, footsore and weary, 
The darksome path hath dreary grown, 
But now a light has ris'n to cheer me; 
I find in Thee my Star, my Sun. 

Thy precious will, O conqu'ring Savior, 
Doth now embrace and compass me; 
All discords hushed, my peace a river, 
My soul a prisoned bird set free. 

Shut in with Thee, O Lord, forever, 
My wayward feet no more to roam; 
What pow'r from Thee my soul can sever? 
The center of God's will my home. 

- Mrs. C. H. Morris 



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SEEING THE PROMISED LAND 

The last scene of Moses' life seems tragic to us. He was 
permitted to gaze into the Promised Land, which had been his goal 
during all those years of strife and trouble along the journey 
through the wilderness. Now from the mountain east of Jordan, he 
could see that land. Surely, it was a beautiful and an emotional 
sight. He could enjoy the view but he could not enter the Land. 

Moses had traveled far and labored long to lead the children of 
Israel from Egypt to their Promised homeland. They had been 
reluctant to move out of Egypt. They had rebelled not only against 
Moses but God as well. They had murmured and complained. 
They had been well cared for by God. They had been taught by 
Moses and Aaron. Very slowly they had been molded into a 
disciplined group of followers prepared to enter the Promised 
Land. They were ready to wrest it from the heathen inhabitants. 
They were awaiting the order to cross the Jordan. They were there 
because Moses had so faithfully led them throughout their long 
and troubled journey. 

They were anxious to move in. They would soon be in their own 
land, but Moses would not go in with them. He could look but he 
could not enter. He could not enter because in a moment of 
frustration he had disobeyed God. God had used Moses earlier in 
the journey to supply water for the thirsting people by striking the 
rock. When a number of years later the children of Israel returned 
to Rephidim, they again thirsted. They chided Moses to bring forth 
water to them again. Moses felt his incompetency to do so but God 
told him to speak to the rock to receive water. When the people 

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were gathered, Moses' frustration with the oft rebellious people 
came to the fore. Instead of speaking to the rock, he again smote it 
with his rod. The water came forth but God told Moses that for his 
disobedience he could not enter the Promised Land. 

There are many today who have a vision of Heaven but they 
seemingly are unwilling to enter into the journey that would allow 
them to enter in. These see the good of Christ, the Church and a 
Christian life, yet they linger or excuse themselves. They would 
love to have a place in Heaven and to be among the Saints on earth, 
but they do not begin the trek. Some may even be Church 
members but they are not actively participating in the Christian 
walk of life. 

They know it is good to be a Christian but can't make the break 
with certain habits or possessions of this world. Some may feel 
knowing these things and having regard for the Church will bring 
them into Heaven. Some may feel that though disobedient, they 
will be rescued by God. Moses allowed his frustration with the 
rebellious people to keep him from entering in. He was going to 
show them how he could bring water to them. God still gave the 
water but He wasn't sanctified by Moses' arrogant action. 

Jesus, in speaking to Nicodemus, spoke of the difference 
between seeing and entering the Kingdom of God. "Except a man 
be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God." He was 
speaking to one who was a religious leader of Israel but who 
needed instruction in the true way. He certainly was interested in 
the things connected with a religious life, but he had not entered in. 
He had great difficulty in understanding what Jesus had said. His 
mind was on natural things. 

Jesus told him, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, 
he can not enter into the kingdom of God." It was not just a matter 
of seeing the kingdom but also of entering it. Many today can see 
the kingdom but they do not enter. Jesus decreed there must be a 
Spiritual not natural rebirth, but it was accomplished through 
natural agencies. There was a glimmer of faith within Nicodemus 
as there is in those who see Christ and His Church. Repentance 
should accompany that faith. Jesus instructs that water and the 
Spirit are necessary to complete this entering in. 

Water is naturally life-giving and sustaining. Jesus saw the need 
of a natural element to accomplish a Spiritual purpose. With water 
baptism and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which Jesus 
establishes in that order, the one, who has seen the goodness of 
Jesus, the Church and the Christian Life, may enter rather than just 
gaze. 

Gazers will not be rewarded. Moses did not enter the Promised 
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he failed to follow them, he was barred from achieving his life's 
goal. Today we have been given specific directions for entering the 
Christian life. We are dealing with the same God who dealt with 
Moses. If we do not follow His directions, our fate will be the same. 
Do not merely look, but enter in. 



THE CENTER OF ATTENTION 

The center of attention is the focal point. We notice it before we 
notice anything around it. It sends out a silent message which says 
'look here'. It may also say 'see what I have to offer!' What it is, be it 
clothing, furniture, an activity, or whatever, it is intended to get our 
attention. Whatever the focal point, it has a message for us such as 
"try it", "buy it", "enjoy it". A center of attention may also draw our 
minds to some other matter, which is the real center of activity or 
the thing of value, such as a sale sign. We see the sign first, but the 
sale is the important part. 

God has given us some focal points, or centers of attention, 
starting first in the Old Testament. We see many things there 
which get our attention, such as the Creation, Noah and the Ark, 
Daniel and the lion's den. But aside from these, one other thing 
stands out and that is the Law. The Law gave instructions for 
nearly every situation and draws our attention to the biggest 
problem of mankind — sin and separation from God. Rom. 7:7 says 
"I had not known sin, but by the law." The Law is a center of 
attention and in turn focuses our attention on sin and its conse- 
quences. 

From that focal point, we move to another one, this time in the 
New Testament. It is the Cross on which Jesus died. The Cross 
focuses on Jesus, and draws our attention to Him. The Law 
focused on sin and its results; the Cross focuses on the remedy for 
sin. The Law focused on man's helplessness; the Cross focuses on 
the source of all strength, our Savior. The Law established guilt 
and made man aware of sin, but the Law couldn't save us (see Rom. 
3:20). When Jesus died on the Cross to redeem us, He provided for 
us what the Law could not do. 

"Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto 
Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is 
come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster." Gal. 3:24-25. A 
schoolmaster is a teacher, and we are no longer under this teacher. 
Rather than focusing our attention on the Law, we must now focus 
our attention on the law-giver, Jesus. Our faith is to be in Him and 
His saving power, not in a set of rules which explains our need of 
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Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." John 14:6a. 
This cannot be said of anyone or anything else. He's the only 
Savior we have. "No many cometh unto the Father, but by me." 
(14:6b.) This rules out any man-made ideas about salvation. It 
eliminates any notion that says we are good enough as we are. The 
only way to our Heavenly Father is through Christ, and He should 
be the focal point of our lives. 

When we focus our eyes and heart on Jesus, we see our only 
source of help. We see His wholeness and perfection, and our 
imperfection. We see the One who loves us more than anyone else 
does. Jesus is truly love in action. He said, "Greater love hath no 
man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 
15:13. He did lay down His life for us, and surely He deserves our 
full attention, our loyal service, and our lives. 

Jesus is the center — the focal point — of every Christian's life. 
Jesus said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men 
unto me." John 12:32. He definitely became the central figure 
when He was crucified, and ever since that time, mankind has been 
drawn to Jesus. Those who truly accept Him and commit their lives 
to Him have a special relationship with Jesus. They know they are 
saved to serve Jesus and their lives are now centered on Him. 

Is Jesus the focal point of your life? If not, then you are. True, 
you may place your family first, or your job or some other interest, 
but whatever it is, you are making the choices. You are the one in 
control. When Jesus is first in your life, then He is in control. 
Whoever is in control is the focal point of your life, the center of 
attention. You must make a decision about it, because the 
Christian's life is not one of joint-control with Christ. 

Jesus alone has earned the right to be our center of attention, the 
very center of our lives. He has everything we need. He can do for 
us everything which we can't do for ourselves. He is the only 
remedy for sin and its consequences in our lives. Now is the time 
to pay attention to Jesus, to accept His call to salvation. Now is the 
time to put Jesus first in your life. Will you? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

The kind of person God wants me to be.... COURAGEOUS 

To live successfully and at peace in this last part of the twentieth 
century you have to be courageous. Courage is the conviction that 
will overcome any obstacle, however threatening or dangerous it 
might be. If you have Godly courage, you will say, "yes", when the 
average person says, "I can't." Joshua and Caleb said, "yes", when 
ten other spies who had ventured into the promised land said, "I 



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can't." The Israelites faithlessly followed the ten and that reaction 
is not uncommon today. 

There is a risk in courage that shows you to be a person of faith. 
We must learn how to take risks for God and not be foolish. 
Jonathan took a risk and turned the tide of a campaign against the 
Philistines in I Sam. 14:6-15. Esther took a risk and delivered the 
Jews from genocide. Daniel's three friends took a risk and Jesus 
saw them through their punishment. Pontius Pilate wouldn't take a 
risk relative to his reputation and he lost... eternally. 

True acts of Christian courage result in God receiving all of the 
glory. If you act on your own to receive the glory yourself, this is 
not godly courage but selfish pride. David did not kill the lion... he 
said the Lord enabled him to do it. The same was true of Goliath. 

Courage rises, not out of your ability to cope with a fearful 
situation but rather out of a great faith in God and through His 
ability to strengthen you. We are continually reminded in the Word 
not to be afraid because God is present with us. David taught us in 
Psalms 46, "God is... a very present help in trouble. Therefore we 
will not fear." When we rest our strength in an omnipotent God, we 
have safety. Faith says that God will willingly strengthen us. 

It is said that the fear of God destroys all of our other fears. In 
reality, the one who fears God need fear nothing else. Conversely, 
if you do not fear God, you need logically fear everything. The 
threat of being thrown into the lions den didn't keep Daniel from 
praying. Satan threatens us in the same way and would keep us 
from obedience by persuading us to consider the possible grave 
consequences for acting positively for God. From youth up we 
need to grow in our confidence in the Lord and gain strength and 
courage. Now we are not just talking about gaining self confi- 
dence. That comes from experience or sometimes from certain 
personality characteristics. But we are talking about God given, 
confident courage. 

Have you been attacked by fear lately. I suppose most of us have 
been. The only deliverance from that fear is by prayer... asking 
God to deliver you from it. You must face it head on. If you run 
from it, it will conquer you... and you'll have to face it again. 

Courage will allow you to stand alone and witness for Christ. It 
will allow you to resist sin and face odds that seem impossible. It 
will allow you to gain strength to better conquer the next 
temptation. 

Consider fears as opportunities for God. Our faith increases as 
we see Him carry us through those difficult and awkward situ- 
ations. And remember, you are not alone. Most of the men God 
has called to work for Him have not jumped at the idea of being 
used by an all-powerful Creator. But through greater trust in Him, 
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Have courage to stand alone. When a group is moving in one 
direction and your convictions tell you to move in the other (right) 
direction, have courage to do it. When others criticize the church 
leaders or others in the Body, have courage to stand up for right. I 
believe that our generation does not lack for daring men... but there 
are few who are courageous. I challenge you to build courage in 
the face of our pessimistic, immoral and passive society. Respond 
with conviction. And remember, FEAR IS FAITHLESS AND FAITH 
IS FEARLESS. 

Brother Len Wertz 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

OUR CREED 
J. H. Moore 

In carrying forward the work of the Master has entrusted to his 
people, the church that is wise as well as loyal, will accept the New 
Testament for her creed. Here will be found a rule of faith and 
practice that is backed up by Divine Authority, and is perfectly 
adapted to the conditions and needs of the church in every age and 
country. Here will be found the principles or fundamentals of the 
Christian religion clearly stated. The duties, privileges and re- 
sponsibilities are pointed out, and it is the duty of the church to 
adopt, from time to time, the wisest possible methods for carrying 
out these principles. In some respects, wisdom may dictate some 
changes in methods, but the principles, being divine, never 
change. 

It is highly important that we do not confuse principles and 
methods, and that we do not attempt to elevate local and temporary 
methods to the dignity of principles. And while this is true, such 
methods of carrying on the Lord's work, as are set forth in the 
Scriptures, should be duly and sacredly respected. The New 
Testament, as the creed of the New Testament church, delegates, 
to any well-organized church of Jesus Christ, authority to teach 
and properly enforce all the requirements and demands of the 
Gospel; and, guided by wisdom and love for souls, along with a 
sacred regard for the purity and dignity of the church, no congre- 
gation can afford to tolerate in her ranks deliberate departures 
from the plain duties enjoined upon the members of the body of 
Christ. The teachings of the New Testament are intended for the 
government of the church, and those in charge of the Master's 
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THEY WHICH BUILDED 

Nehemiah 4:17, 'They which builded on the wall, and they that 
bare burdens, with those that laded, everyone with one of his hands 
wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon." 

Nehemiah 4:6, "So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined 
together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work/' 

Do not be deceived by the comfortable times in which we live. In 
order to do the work of the Lord it must be that we are found with a 
weapon in our hand. Let that sword be the Sword of the Spirit. Let 
us not enter into conversation with our Brethren without it. Let us 
not seek to win souls for the Kingdom without it. 

Keep in mind that the devil appears as an angel of light and in 
times like these when we cry peace and safety are the times when 
evil can triumph. When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem he took 
no chances. The walls had been reduced to rubble and though at 
times it appeared to be safe and quiet the enemy was everywhere to 
cast down and destroy. We cannot allow evil to ever get the upper 
hand in our lives because, as in the case of Nehemiah, the 
rebuilding is often harder and more dangerous than the initial 
building. It is far easier to maintain a wall already built than to 
rebuild one which has fallen down. 

Never attempt to build without that weapon in your hand. We 
cannot do the work of God using our own strength. We must look 
to Him. He will supply. The precepts and religion of man will only 
fall away and die, BUT GOD will supply our every need if we look 
only to Him. 

The people had a mind to work. They were united in the purpose 
of rebuilding the wall and nothing would interfere with that 
purpose. May we have this mind also. If a worker would have put 
his weapon down, he may have been able to work faster, but he, 
and his workers close by, would have been unprotected. May our 
minds be single in the work of the Lord. We can do all things 
through Christ who strengthens us. 

In Christian Love, 
Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

1986 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

SATURDAY P.M. 

Bro. Len Wertz opened I John 4:7-11, I John 3:9-18, I John 1:9-16. 
We are not living for ourselves. We are living for Christ. God's love 
is to respect others. We should have love one for the other. Love is 
what it is all about. 



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Bro. Jan Heisey, Matt. 17:1-9, Mountain Top Experience. To be 
alone with Jesus on the mountain top was a wonderful experience 
for the Disciples. Peter said, "Lord it is good for us to be here." Do 
we take Jesus with us when we travel through this life? The 
Apostle Paul was struck down to get him turned around. He 
became a Disciple for Christ. If we do not listen to the word of God 
our hearts will become sick. Are we glad to go to the house of God 
and hear God's precious Word, and to have fellowship with Jesus? 
Do we have a family altar and study the Word of God? Do we teach 
the little children God's Holy Word? Jesus gave His life for us so 
we can gain salvation and gain our great reward. 

Bro. Terry Gunderman, I Cor. 3, Judgment must start in the 
house of God. We need to have our Bible with us and have it handy 
when we go any place. We must read and study out of it. People 
don't want to hear about sin. There is suffering and striking with 
Bible believing people. The Scribes and Pharisees did not want to 
believe in Christ's teachings. Lots of people today do not want to 
hear the Word of God. What is the Church today? If the churches 
are so good why is there so much sin in the world? If the righteous 
scarcely be saved, where will the sinner be? Let's be that Church 
God wants us to be. Hold fast to the teaching of Christ. 

Bro. William Heisey closed. We have heard much from the Word 
of God. The coming of the Lord will be a great mountain top 
experience. We must have fear of God and live according to His 
teaching. 

SATURDAY EVENING 

Bro. Rudy Cover opened. Psalms 27. Love one another. It's a 
great blessing to worship here together. Wait on the Lord. He will 
lead and guide us if we trust in Him. 

Bro. Joseph Flora, Romans 13:10-14. Awake. And that knowing 
the time that now is the high time to awake out of sleep, for now is 
our salvation nearer than we believed. We may not have much 
time. We must wake up. We are facing a crisis. Agriculture and 
Government and the Churches are experiencing a crisis and will 
keep on until Christ comes again. We dare not to be like the world. 
The world walks in darkness. To become more liberal is not the 
answer. May His Word grow and multiply as you leave this place. 

Bro. Charles Leatherman closed. Are we easily awakened? The 
enemy sows tares while we sleep spiritually. When we wake up it 
will be too late. 

SUNDAY A.M. 

Bro. Harley Flory opened. Heb. 2. We must glorify our Heavenly 
Father and our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ. We must give our 
earnest heed to the things that we heard and not let them slip. 



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Bro. David Ebling, I John 5:1-16, Prov. 29:18. Our Heavenly 
Father wants us to be alert and not let Satan deceive us. Com- 
munism is trying to capture our young people. We must get our 
hearts right and let the Holy Spirit work within us and we will not be 
deceived so easily with the work of Satan. We have to be a 
righteous people to stand firm for the Word of God. You cannot 
gain victory unless you put your heart into God's work and live 
faithfully. We must go to our beloved Savior, Jesus for our 
guidance. We need to pray fervently. We will be a new creature if 
we live for Christ. Christ died on the cross that you and I might live. 
Christ is at the right hand of God. We can get salvation through 
Christ. 

Bro. Eugene Kauffman, I Peter 3:10-18, Spiritual Vitamins for 
Growing Souls. Christ expects us to grow spiritually. To grow 
spiritually one must learn from the Holy Word. We must have 
prayer to help us grow spiritually. Jesus often times prayed to His 
Father. God hears our prayers wherever we are. Studying the 
Bible also helps us grow spiritually. Daily confession of sin also 
will help us grow spiritually. Satan at all times tries to deceive us. 
Church attendance is very important for us to grow spiritually. It's 
a very essential vitamin. Meditation is a very important vitamin. Let 
our minds work spiritually. Christian activity also helps us grow 
spiritually. We learn from the Holy Word. Soul winning is very 
essential. We must warn others of their soul's salvation. Let us not 
be neglectful to help others who do not know Jesus. Teach them to 
except Him as their personal Savior. These vitamins will help us to 
make stronger Christians. 

Bro. Charles Leatherman closed. We gain victory in prayer if we 
grow spiritually. 

SUNDAY P.M. 

Bro. Dean St. John opened. Ezra 8:21. We must leave for these 
children, the Right Way. They will be the Church of tomorrow. The 
old paths lead to honesty and truths. The old paths would find us 
walking in humility. The old paths finds us walking in the spirit of 
love. The old paths will find us being nonconformed to this world. 
The old paths will lead us to meekness. May we seek that right way 
for our little ones. 

Bro. Harley Rush, I Sam. 17:32-52, The Victory. We must put on 
the helmet of God and the sword of salvation. Satan is ready to 
destroy the faith in God in a righteous man. We have a work to do 
in this world. Tribulation or chastisement tests our faith in the 
Lord. Let us keep our faith in the Heavenly Father to gain victory. 

Bro. Hayes Reed, Gen. 12:1-3, Gen. 17:7-8, The Jews and the 
Middle East. If Christ would come right now would you be ready to 
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Satan and sin is greater yet. We have many religions today. There 
are a lot of religions today that are false. Israel was scattered to the 
four corners of the Earth in the 700 B.C.'s according to God's will. 
Many of the Jews have returned to the Middle East since 1967 and 
more and more of them are returning back to their homeland. They 
are getting ready for the end times. Jesus Christ can save the lost 
souls in this world. Let's do our part to win lost souls to Jesus. 
Christ is coming again. Let us all live faithful till He comes. 

Bro. Roy Swihart closed. We don't want to be weary. We must 
keep pressing on. We want to put on the whole armor of God. We 
need the prayers of each other. 

SUNDAY EVENING 

Bro. Edward Johnson opened, Acts 1:1, Luke 1:3. Jesus took 
them up in a mountain when He ascended. He said He will come 
again in like manner. Would you be ready to meet Him if you saw 
Him coming.? 

Bro. Warren Smith, Rom. 5, Justification. Jesus is coming again. 
Every eye shall see Him. There will be many that won't want to see 
Him. They will cry forthe mountains to fall on them. Wemusthave 
faith to please God. Without faith it is impossible to please God. 
He that believeth in Christ shall have life. He that does not believe 
in Christ is dead already. The Apostle Paul said by the grace of 
God I am what I am. If it was not for the grace of God we would not 
be here to this meeting. There will be a crown of righteousness 
waiting for us if we live faithful before God. Jesus said He will 
never leave us if we do not forsake Him. We won't find justification 
in cigarettes, in drinking liquor or drugs. These sinful situations 
have broken many homes. May we be a justified people living here 
for our Savior. 

Bro. Fred Pifer, Gen. 22:1-15, Here Am I, My Son, Young people's 
message. Many times sons and daughters cry out "Father!". Maybe 
sin causes them to cry out "Father!" Isaac knew there was going to 
be a sacrifice. Abraham had everything ready to slay his son. Here 
was this obedient son willing to be slain. If you young people need 
to communicate with your parents go to them with your problem. If 
they are not living godly go to a godly person for your answer. 
While you are young remain teachable. When you go to mother or 
father let them teach you spiritually. They will teach you the love of 
Jesus. They can teach you why the Church tries to live according 
to the teachings of Christ. Abraham had faith in God that some 
how his son would not have to be slain. Isaac lay on the altar 
bound ready to be slain. Abraham heard God's voice from Heaven. 
A lamb was caught by the horns in the bush. Abraham used the 
lamb for the sacrifice and his son was spared. You young people 
try not to be like the prodigal son. He left home, wasted all his 



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money and lived in sin. This young man had godly parents. He 
found himself and decided to go back home to father and ask to be 
a hired servant. Father was so willing to forgive his son. This poor 
son sinned against Heaven. He told his father he was not justified 
to be called his father's son. The prodigal son was seen afar off by 
his father. The father said "my son" he was lost and now he is 
found. When Jesus was hanging on the cross Jesus' mother said 
"my son". Young people I want to encourage you to go to mother 
or father about the storms of life. If God is calling you answer Him, 
"Here am I." 

Bro. Frank Shaffer closed. Justified by God. Christ died for you 
and me. 

To be continued 
Sister Alice Heisey 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

August 1, 1926 

LIFE A PILGRIMAGE 

Zora Montgomery 

When a little girl in school my teacher once told me there was no 
true definition for life. Many had been given, but none exactly 
fulfilled the meaning. Perhaps this is so when looking at it from a 
scientific point of view; but when looking at it from God's stand- 
point, it seems to me he might say, "Life is a Pilgrimage." Let us 
now go about to see how this may be. Webster says, "A pilgrimage 
is a journey of a pilgrim to a holy place." Are we not pilgrims? Is 
not Heaven, the place to which we are journeying, a holy place? 
And does not our journeying take a lifetime? Therefore it seems to 
me God's idea of a life is a pilgrimage. 

Let us take the life of Abraham. He was born in Ur of the 
Chaldees, which was a very wicked place, and which would have 
indeed been a place of bondage to him had he stayed there all his 
lifetime. God spoke to him and told him to leave his homeland and 
people, and to go to a land that He would show him. (Gen. 12:1) 
This Abraham proceeded to do, which took him to the land of 
Canaan, a holy land. 

For a further example, let us take the life of the Israelites. God 
had given Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the promise of making them a 
great nation. We all know the stories of these, and of how Joseph 
was sold into Egypt; the famine, and of how God provided for this 
through Joseph; how Jacob and his children were brought down 
into Egypt, and there became slaves to the Egyptians. Here, in this 
land of bondage, the Israelite nation was born. 

Are we today not born in bondage to a world of sin as was this 



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nation? Is it not indeed just such a hard and bitter bondage too? 
From this we must first be delivered in order to start on our journey 
to the holy land. God raised up and sent leaders to deliver these 
people. He has sent His only begotten Son into this world of 
bondage to deliver us. Are we as anxious to believe and follow him 
closely in everything. He says, as were the Israelites to follow their 
leaders? We may say, when we start to completely surrender our 
lives to Christ, that it is too difficult to change our ways for His, and 
we must make such a struggle that our bondage only seems the 
heavier. Was it not so with the Israelites? Was not their bondage 
increased when Moses asked for permission to deliver them? Now, 
are we in starting on our pilgrimage really doing as well as they? 

Well, when the Israelites did get started they had many hard- 
ships. When they came to the Red Sea and saw no way to cross, 
what would have happened had some of them turned back and 
gone into the hands of the Egyptians? Would they have had the 
chance of being released again? To us it looks almost hopeless. 
How hopeless then is it for us, when we start to follow Jesus and 
then turn back to that world of bondage? 

"Have you come to the Red Sea place in your life 
When, in spite of all you can do, 
There is no way out, there is no way back, 
There is no other way but through?" 

When the Israelites had crossed the Red Sea, it meant new life to 
them, just as it means new life to us after our conversion. But, after 
we are converted we are not yet free from hardships. The Israelites 
had many trying experiences. They became hungry, they became 
thirsty, they thought their leader had forsaken them, and they 
became discouraged which brought many temptations to their 
lives. 

When they became hungry God fed them with manna. When we 
become hungry for spiritual food God feeds us from His own 
precious Word. "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after 
righteousness, for they shall be filled." (Matt. 5:6.) 

These people did not only have men as their leaders, but they 
had the guidance of the pillar of cloud and fire. We today, do not 
only have Christ as our leader, but we have the guidance of the 
Holy Spirit. 

God also gave them a law by which to go, just as He has given us 
His Holy Word. He told them how to erect a tabernacle in which 
they might offer sacrifices and pay their homage to Him. He has 
provided a way for us to have church houses and places of 
worship. 

But though this Holy Land was no farther away it took a long 
time, forty years, to make this journey. Just so, Heaven may not be 



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far from us, but sometimes it takes a long time to discipline our 
lives so that we may be able to reach it. We read that only two, who 
started from Egypt, were permitted to reach this promised land. 
Are we, of this vacillating throng letting God rule our lives that we 
may be as those two, or, are we yielding to the discouragements 
that Satan has in store for us? 

We who have crossed this Red Sea, conversion, are going toward 
the promised land, our heavenly home. We do not know just what 
this land is, or what it will be like; but we do know that it is worth 
striving for in comparison to this old world of sin and bondage. 
God at certain times in our lives gives glimpses of its glories, and 
gives us promises as He did Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their 
descendants. These promises are a great strength to us on our 
journey. 

"God gives oftimes spirit glimpses 

Of that glorious home afar, 

And to cheer life's thorny pathway 

Sets the golden gates ajar." 

We know when we reach this land that it will be all and everything 
that God has promised. Can we afford to not start on this 
pilgrimage or even turn back when once started? 

NEWS ITEMS 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

We are looking forward to two weeks Revival Meetings here at 
Dallas Center, starting August 3. Bro. Jan Heisey will conduct the 
meetings which will finish with communion services August 16. 

Come and worship with us. 

Sister Mary Sue Moss, Cor. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Waynesboro Congregation is looking forward to having a 
revival, August 31 through September 7. The Lord willing Bro. 
Berton Smith will be with us to preach the Gospel. We invite all to 
come and enjoy these services with us. 

The Waynesboro Congregation would like to announce a change 
in our scheduled Lovefeast. There will be no Lovefeast the second 
Sunday of October. We thank all who have supported us in these 
services in the past. 

Sister Wilma Eberly, Cor. 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address of Bro. Rudy Shaffer is: 71 Bomberger Road, 
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OBITUARY 

RICHARD HOFFMAN 

Richard A. Hoffman, Sr. was born on May 15, 1929 in Pine Grove 
Township, and entered Eternal Rest on February 26, 1986. His 
[earthly sojourn was 56 years, 9 months, and 11 days. On May 10, 
1954 he was married to Dorothy J. Wolfe, who survives. Also left to 
mourn his departure are two sons, Randall L, of Florida and 
Richard A., Jr., at home; one daughter, Mrs. Darlene M. Noll, and 
[four grandchildren all of Pine Grove area. A son, Terry L, 
'preceded him in death on October 4, 1966. 

He was an active member of the Schuylkill Church of the 
[Brethren, Pine Grove, where funeral services were conducted on 
Saturday, March 1, 1986, at 10:00 A.M., in charge of Galen R. 
Hackman. The text was John 14. Hymns included "Safe in the 
'Arms of Jesus", and "Some Time We'll Understand." The body was 
^enderly laid to rest in the adjacent Brethren Cemetery, there to 
await the Resurrection Morn. 

We wish to express heartfelt appreciation to the many members 
and friends of the Household of Faith who remembered us with 
visits, prayers, cards, planters, and various expressions of love, 
help, and concern during our difficult Hour of Sorrow, and times of 
adjustment following the sudden departure of our Loved One. 

We sorrow not as those who have no hope, but rather our hearts 
are solaced with the blessed assurance of John 11:25-26. We 
believe Earth's Loss to be Heaven ; s Gain. II Corinthians 5:1. 

The Family 

MARRIAGE 

ZIMMERMAN -SOWERS 

Mr. Harold Zimmerman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Zimmerman, 
Bethel, Pennsylvania and Sis. Janice Sowers, daughter of Bro. 

harles Sowers and the late Sis. Ruby Sowers, Smithsburg, 
Maryland were united in marriage February 1, 1986. The wedding 
service was held at the home of Bro. and Sis. David Ebling. The 
service was performed by Elder David Ebling. 

The couple is residing at 11878 Williamsport Pike, Greencastle, 
Pennsylvania 17225. 

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VOL. LXIV AUGUST 15, 1986 



NO. 16 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



YOUR LORD 

Your Lord has been so wonderful 

He has blessed you day by day, 
There's not a thing He cannot do 

As He guides you the narrow way. 

Don't be surprised if you're tempted, 

Your Lord was tempted too, 
Just don't give in to temptation 

It can bring destruction to you. 

Stand for the faith once delivered 

To the saints many years ago - 
Don't let yourself be persuaded 

By someone who may be your foe. 

Cling to your love and compassion 
And use them whenever there's need. 

Whenever you have a good chance 
Let it be used to sow good seed. 

Keep laying up treasures in Heaven 
Sometime you will be glad they're there, 

And I am hoping to meet you 
In that city that is "Four-square." 

Sister Irene Stout 

R. 1 Box 160, Wabash, IN 46992 



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CONTROVERSY 

Human history is full of controversy. Whether vocal arguments, 
armed assault or warfare, men have spent alot of time and money 
on disagreeing with each other. 

Although men may organize debating clubs or International 
peace organizations, he still ends up in controversy. Not only is 
this true among modern men but there was controversy within the 
first human family. Cain and Abel were not agreed in their interpre- 
tation and implementation of God's Word. 

By slaying an animal to provide the proper clothing for Adam and 
Eve, after sin made their nakedness evil, God set an example of 
shedding blood to cover sin. By whatever other directive given to 
Cain and Abel, they knew it was time to bring their sacrifices. Each 
did. Cain failed to bring a bloody sacrifice, instead he brought 
grain. The grain was good but it was bloodless. Here was dis- 
agreement between the two brothers. Although Abed did not need 
to say anything, his righteous deed brought reproach and con- 
demnation upon Cain. 

Cain could still have righted himself if his wounded pride had not 
refused to barter some grain for a blooded animal. God continues 
to give men the opportunity to put away their own ideas of serving 
Him and to accept His. Like Cain most still prefer their own way 
whether it be through indifference toward God or through heathen- 
istic, false religion or through half-way measures. Men still carry 
on their controversy with God, although they may vocally profess 
great reverence and service toward Him. Often like Cain they rise 
up in opposition to the righteous often making their religious 
service difficult. 

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This controversy between men, even of the same family, is a 
reflection of man's controversy with God. Because men do not or 
will not follow God's directives, they are fighting God. Cain rose up 
and slew his righteous brother. Even though he hid the body and 
destroyed all the evidence, Cain could not hide his deed from God. 
He had carried his controversy with his brother beyond an earthly 
disagreement, he had now entered a controversy with God. 

Cain had killed righteous Abel. The blood of Abel cried out, 
pointing the finger of guilt at Cain all his days. With the death of 
Abel, God needed a new line to carry on His righteous work. The 
third son, Seth, was given to Adam and Eve so God would have a 
family to serve Him. Jesus, righteous Abel, was slain by a 
hypocritical, religious Cain, the scribes and Pharisees. God again 
raised a new Seth - the Church - to serve Him. Men's controversy 
with God had led them to kill the righteous Son of God. The blood 
cried out as a witness against them. Whether Jew or Gentile all 
stood condemned of fighting against God. The Gentile had been 
indifferent to God or had worshipped his own man-made gods. The 
Gentile represented by the Romans carried out the death sentence. 
The Jews, the perverted religious leaders of the day, were in such 
conflict with God that their ardor was even greater than that of the 
Romans. 

The first great controversy though was not on the earth. It was in 
Heaven. Lucifer, one of the leading angels, led a third of the angels 
in revolt against God. He wanted to be at least equal with God 
rather than one of His main helpers. Pride pushed him to an 
unobtainable position. God is a jealous God. He does not share 
power or prestige with any. He does exalt those who will humbly 
serve Him. This exaltation has been given to Jesus, who meekly 
served His Father, rather than to the froward angel. 

Lucifer, as the serpent, transferred this controversy from Heaven 
to earth when he appeared to Eve in the garden. Before he could 
only foment rebellion among the angels. Now with recently 
created man he had a new field of labor. He would lead this 
creature in rebellion against God also. 

By deception he came to Eve and Adam to lead them into 
controversy with God. He planted a doubt within Eve concerning 
the truthfulness of God's Word. God meant what He said about the 
forbidden fruit but Satan caused Eve to doubt. Doubting, she was 
ready to partake of the forbidden. She and Adam entered the 
controversy against God. This was soon evident in their family 
when Cain rose up and slew righteous Abel. That rebellion is still 
found in Adam's family, though thousands of years and many 
generations later. 

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and disrespect bring men into conflict. Even worse is the contro- 
versy that men engage in with God. As their father is in conflict 
with God, so they are opposed to Him. 

Are you involved in controversy with God? If so, you need to 
resolve it. Rather than following Cain you must look to the 
righteous Abel — the faithful Son, and be identified with Seth, the 
new followers of God. Be a righteous servant rather than a 
rebellious one so you may have that future Heavenly exaltation. 

WERE GETTING BY 

Overheard in a conversation was this statement, "But we're 
getting by." It was made regarding financial matters by a person 
apparently satisfied with the present, and with little thought about 
the overall picture. How often we do the same thing spiritually! We 
look at our present situation and we think it's not too bad, so we say 
"we're getting by." But are we? Does God intend for us to be 
satisfied with just getting by? The answer obviously is, "no." 

Getting by is a mediocre, passive existence. It lacks vitality, 
victory, and worthwhile accomplishments. Getting by nearly 
always means doing less than your best. Doing just enough to get 
by could mean you barely avoid dismissal from a job. It could 
mean you don't really care about what you're doing. It could also 
mean you are living only for today, with no concern for, or aware- 
ness of, future needs. It is true that we don't live in the future, but 
we must give it some thought. Our present actions determine 
future consequences. 

When we compare our personal goals with God's Will for our 
lives, does it make sense to think we can get by with little attention 
to Him? The children of Israel didn't get by, as they were not 
allowed to enter the Promised Land on schedule and some never 
entered it. They didn't trust God to see them through and they only 
got by temporarily. Soon they had to face the facts, and they 
suffered alot for their unbelief and half-hearted service. Their 
hearts apparently were still back in Egypt, and they did not plan 
their lives according to God's Will. 

Samson didn't get by, nor did Jonah, David or Saul, and we won't 
either. God requires wholehearted service, not just getting by. No 
man can serve two masters (Matt. 6:24) and we must make a 
choice. Either we will serve God, or serve ourselves and our own 
interests. If we do only enough for the Lord to get by for now, we 
will eventually have to face our neglect. "Be not deceived; God is 
not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." 
Gal. 6:7. 

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them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house 
upon the sand." Matt. 7:26. It is indeed foolish to build on sand, 
because it only provides temporary support. It is even more foolish 
to ignore the Lord's teachings and seek an easier way to get by. 
Like a poorly-constructed building, our spiritual house will one day 
collapse and we'll be in the rubble of neglect. 

It is also sin to ignore Jesus' teachings, or to attempt to get by 
with half-hearted service. "Therefore to him that knoweth to do 
good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." James 4:17. Once we've 
heard the Word and know what we should do, we have a responsi- 
bility to do it. We will be held accountable for the knowledge we 
have, and if we neglect our responsibility, we will have to face it 
eventually. We will get by only for now. 

"But this I say, he which soweth sparingly shall reap also 
sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bounti- 
fully." II Cor. 9:6. If we plant only a few seeds, we'll have a skimpy 
harvest. But if we plant generously, we're much more likely to 
receive an abundant harvest. Likewise, if we put little into our 
Christian walk, that's what we'll get back, much like the person who 
buried his talent. But, if we put our whole hearts into service, we'll 
reap an abundant life here as well as in Eternity. See also 
Luke 6:38. 

"I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed 
me not: sick and in prison, and ye visited me not." Matt. 25:43. It is 
quite easy to ignore the needs of others, and think we're getting by, 
but such is not the case. Jesus said we serve Him by serving those 
around us. If we ignore them, we are in effect ignoring Jesus. If 
you will read a few more verses in Matt. 25, you will see that there 
were those who ministered to their fellowmen, and they were 
blessed for it. 

No one ever gets by! Every action brings a reaction, and neglect 
brings its own kind of reaction. Someday we'll have to face those 
neglected opportunities, and times of carelessness and failure to 
do what needed to be done. If you've been in the habit of 'just 
getting by', ask Jesus to set you free from that bondage. "Meditate 
upon these things; give yourself wholly to them." I Tim. 4:15. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

The kind of person God wants me to be... ATTENTIVE 

One of the first things a minister notices as he brings his 
message to a congregation is whether they are attentive or not. 
There seems to be a direct relationship between being attentive 
and being interested in God's Word. 



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Attentiveness is the ability to listen to and listen THROUGH. 
We might identify a person who listens through as one who not 
only tries to hear what another person is saying but feel what he 
feels. An attentive person listens to what a person is saying, how 
he is saying it and why he is saying it. It actually takes sacrifice to 
be attentive to others. There are always many distractions around j 
us which we need to block out. It is also important to understand 
that I am not equating a listener to a person with an "open mind." 
That kind of person absorbs any "garbage" he is fed. An attentive 
listener is a selective and a thinking listener. 

Most of all, we are called to listen to God. How many of us have 
had difficulty learning to hear and obey Him because we have 
never been taught to be attentive to anyone... our parents, 
teachers, minister, and so forth? The art of listening needs to be 
cultivated in our lives. Attentiveness tells another person he is 
important and his ideas or words are of value. 

In a sense, an attentive person assumes the role of a servant. If 
you are only thinking of what you are going to say next, rather than 
concentrating on what the other person is saying, you are not an 
attentive person. Attentiveness elicts a response. How many times 
have we not communicated Jesus because we have turned some- 
one off before our conversation with him was over. 

Is it possible to sit under right teaching and never learn? Jesus 
frequently said, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." Do we sit 
in church and "let the sermon go in one ear and out the other?" If 
so, it has not been productive being there. We don't just absorb 
spiritually from being there as some would seem to think. Attention 
and participation are a must in learning. 

We are taught in Psalms 34, "When the righteous cry for help, the 
Lord hears and delivers." God is attentive. He sees the smallest 
sparrow fall and knows the number of hairs on our heads. He is 
ALWAYS listening for our call. In fact, He wants us to speak with 
Him so he can listen. If we would be godly, we must be attentive. 

In the analogy of the shepherd and the sheep, Jesus emphasized 
both aspects of being attentive when He said that the sheep HEAR 
His voice and FOLLOW Him. Speaking through John to the 
Church of Laodicea, He said, "If any man hear my voice, and open 
the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with | 
me." As a result on not hearing the Laodicean church had become 
lukewarm and displeasing to God. 

Balaam was not attentive to God when he was instructed by Him 
and he was communicated to by an animal as a result. If God tells 
us to do something, we are to do it. We may find all sorts of 
excuses... but excuses are unexcusable! 



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Only as we listen do we become qualified to speak ourselves. 
Jesus could speak because He listened to His Father. Jesus wants 
to speak through us. If we are attentive to Him, we will be able to 
share His words and His will to others. 

When a leper underwent purification, the priest daubed blood on 
his right ear. The ear was then anointed with oil. This portrayed 
the Holy Spirit's anointing. An important part of spiritual whole- 
ness is attentiveness to God. 

I encourage you to become more attentive in the future than you 
have been in the past. Listen and waken your mind and heart to 
communication from God as you never have before. 

Brother Len Wertz. 

1986 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

(Continued from August 1, 1986 Issue) 

MONDAY A.M. 

Bro. Alvin Chupp opened. II Cor. 2. We need building blocks. 
Building blocks are for the Lord. There is only one way to build. 
Beautiful to walk in the steps of Jesus. 

Bro. Rudy Shaffer. II Chron. 26, Psalms 119:16-24. We should 
respect others. The lack of being taught manners causes people to 
lose respect for others. We need to teach respect for others to our 
children. Teach them to have respect for Jesus and the Heavenly 
Father. Where is God in our life? Is our life each day in service for 
the Lord. God is important in our life. Do we see ourselves being 
God's messengers? We should respect our Lord first then our- 
selves. We should commit our lives completely to the Lord. Do we 
respect God's Holy Word? It's profitable for us to learn obedience. 
Satan attacks God's Word especially when it's a little hard for us to 
understand. Accept God's Word for what it says. We need to abide 
by God's Word. There is lost respect for God's Church. We must 
obey the teachings of Jesus. We should give respect for decisions 
in God's Church. A divided house cannot stand. We should have 
great respect for God's house. What is our purpose in going to 
God's house? We must honor and praise Him. We must show 
great reverence to Him. Let's feel His presence when we are in 
God's house. Let's have respect for our Heavenly Father and our 
service to Him. 

Bro. Gordon Jamison closed. Psalms 8. Let's remember who we 
are serving. Let's have respect. 

MONDAY P.M. 

Bro. Fred Pifer opened. Matt. 6:13-17. The Church is built on a 
solid foundation. Let us stay strong on that solid foundation. 



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Bro. Merle Sweitzer, Mark 7:1-24, Heart Disease in the Body of 
Christ. When our heart starts to give trouble it affects the whole 
body. When our heart gets sin in it we get sick spiritually. The 
effects of sin in our life will cause much scar tissue in our heart. If 
we live true to Jesus our hearts will not falter or get weak. If we are 
pliable the Holy Spirit will come into our heart and we will grow 
spiritually. If we are not pliable to God's Word it is impossible to 
please Him. Do we meditate on God's Holy Word like the Prophets 
of old? We must be careful what kind of reading material we are 
reading. Lots of reading material today can cause lust. Let's be 
careful what we read. If we read the Word of God our hearts will I 
not become sick. 

Bro. Dennis St. John, Jer. 30:11-13. Healing Medicines. We 
could have much sorrow and grief and not know which way to turn. 
We need that healing medicine as we submit to the will of God. 
Confess your faults one to another that you may be healed. A 
debtor is one who may owe something to another. Are we ready to 
forgive our debtors? Release the claim you have against someone. 
Where there is no forgiveness there is trouble. Jesus taught us to 
forgive one another. Confession and forgiveness brings healing 
medicines to our bodies. 

Bro. Ronald Marks closed. Jesus is the bread of life. Is your 
heart clean and ready to receive Spiritual food? 
MONDAY EVENING 

Bro. Jacob Ness opened. Eph. 4:1-3, John 17:9-13. Let us all be 
of one mind in Christ. 

Bro. Robert Carpenter, I Sam. 16:1-12. Everything in the world is 
measured accurately. Man can measure things today very accu- 
rately. Look into your heart and see how you measure up. If we 
want to measure our life, let's use the Word of God for comparison, 
standards and measurements. We don't know how to measure 
ourselves. Jesus Christ is the standard that we should measure up 
to in our lives and compare ourselves. We dare not add to or take 
from the Word of God. It takes all of the Word of God for us to live 
faithful until the end. 

Bro. Frank Shaffer, Matt. 22:1-15, All Things Are Ready, Come. 
Noah was a faithful man. He built the ark and got ready for the 
flood. God is calling for the marriage supper. Are we ready? Jesus 
said "Come all of you and I will give you rest." Christ wants us to 
be ready. We must prepare our souls and live according to the will 
of Christ so we will be ready when God calls us home. 

Bro. Virgil Leatherman closed. Measurements are very important 
in life. The Word of God is where we go to measure ourselves. Who 
so ever will, take of this water freely. Let us prepare our lives to be 
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TUESDAY A.M. 

Bro. Rudy Shaffer opened. Matt. 21:69-75. Peter was betrayed. 
Has your speech betrayed you? Our speech will betray our heart if 
our heart is not pure and clean. Let our tongues be used to honor 
and glorify God. 

Bro. Milton Cook, Gen. 6, Noah. The Lord repented and re- 
gretted he made man and placed him on the earth. God saw all the 
sin and wickedness on the earth. God was greatly grieved. If we 
look around us we can see the world is just as corrupt now as it was 
in the day of Noah. Noah was found true and faithful to God. We 
should never forget the grace of God. He sent His son for you and 
me. He had grace upon Noah. He gave Noah full instructions how 
to build the ark. God knew how much room it would take when he 
gave Noah the dimensions. Noah did as God told him when he 
built the ark. He put the animals, food and everything in the ark 
that God commanded. Rains began to fall, waters began to rise 
more and more and the people began to think Noah wasn't wrong 
after all. After Noah had everything in the ark including his family 
God shut the door and the flood destroyed the whole earth except 
Noah and the ark. The earth later dried up. Noah came back and 
offered a sacrifice. God gave Noah wonderful promises at this 
time. The rainbow was a token of God's promise to Noah. Noah 
tilled the earth after the flood and planted a vineyard. Noah 
committed a great sin because he became drunk from drinking too 
much wine that came from the grapes in his vineyard. Let's keep 
ourselves from sin and live faithful to the Savior. Noah did not live 
faithful to God. Satan attacked Noah. Let us take a warning. 

Bro. Alvin Chupp closed. We have received the truth from God's 
Holy Word. Do you believe God will destroy the earth again? Are 
you warning others of their souls salvation? God will not destroy 
this earth by flood again. God's Holy Word says this earth will be 
destroyed by fire. 

TUESDAY P.M. 

Bro. Paul Stump opened. I Peter 2:1-10. We should lay aside all 
evil. We should grow spiritually. We must stay on that solid rock 
foundation. What does it take to be a peculiar people? We should 
have a mark of distinction. 

Bro. Gordon Jamison, Matt. 28:19-20. Go ye into the World 
means to reach out, teach God's Holy Word to lost souls. We must 
have Jesus in our heart if we want to teach the Bible to the unsaved. 
We should understand the scriptures if we want to be missionaries 
of God's Holy Word. God wants His gospel spread over the world. 
The Church needs every one to help find the unsaved and lead 
them to Christ. Tell the grandparents there is no retirement in the 
work of the Lord. Your prayer means a lot in the work of the Lord. 
Are we ready to work for Christ? 



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Bro. Rudy Shaffer closed. Are we taking the gospel to a lost and 
dying world? God has placed us here in the world with steward- 
ship of the gospel. God has put us here to be a missionary for Him. 

WEDNESDAY EVENING 

Bro. Carl Broadwater opened. Phil. 4. We should rejoice in the 
Lord that we were able to attend this Conference. 

Bro Herman Jamison, Mark 1:16-21. God has a mission for 
everyone to do. Young mothers are doing the greatest mission 
work of all, training that little child when he is young to learn about 
Jesus. All of us should do mission work and try to win lost souls to 
Jesus. Do we really have a passion for lost souls? 

Bro. Hayes Reed, Report of the Torreon Mission. Where are your 
priorities? The Church needs your help to support our mission 
field. 

Bro. Warren Smith closed. The missionary work is to teach the 
gospel to the unsaved souls. 

Sister Alice Heisey 

CHRISTIAN LOVE 

Where is the true Christian love our faithful foreparents extended 
to one another? It was moved by their concern and help to one 
another. Christian love is as essential to the Christian as the breath 
of air is to our natural lives. 

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son for 
our redemption. Christ was willing to sacrifice His life for our 
redemption. He said love one another as I have loved you. When 
He was here on earth He gave us example of true Christian love. 

True Christian love includes obeying the saving Gospel of Christ. 
When the Apostle Paul spoke of the fruits of the spirit he said the 
greatest of them was charity. He also said we can do many good 
deeds and if we have not charity we have nothing. True Christian 
love extends kindness to others. If we have the faith once and for 
all delivered unto the saints, we have true Christian love. 

More than words are implied in true Christianity. When Christ 
was here on earth He said some honored Him with their lips but 
their hearts were far from Him. We are to love one another, our 
neighbors and our enemies. Are we living a Christian life that is a 
blessing and a good Christian example to others? 

Those who have Christian love will not place unjust hardships 
upon others. Through disobedience the love of many has waxed 
cold. The saving gospel of Christ tells of some who left their first 
love. Through disobedience we can be separated from the 
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Carnal strife can be avoided through love. Love never fails. We 
can be showing love by returning good for evil. Those who have 
made crooked paths and continue to go therein will never know 
peace. Strife is destructive and leads to eternal destruction. 
Christian love, with all the fruits of the Spirit, leads to eternal peace. 
Doing good to others is implied in Christian love and exists in the 
lives of true Christians. It will lead to peace and joy in the home 
and Church. 

We are to seek peace and ensue it. We cannot be a bright and 
shining light in this dark and sinful world and engage in carnal 
strife. Enmity and hatred are destructive. Christian love will lead 
into gathering sheaves for the Master's bouquet and the upbuilding 
of God's Kingdom here on earth. It is a sad condition when 
professing Christians enter into carnal strife. When the Christian's 
light turns to darkness it becomes a bad example for others. 

We cannot serve two masters. If we are faithful and true to the 
saving Gospel of Christ we will take the straight and narrow way of 
the Cross. We will hate evil and love good. Love covers all sins. 
There is no fear in love. We need the faith that worketh by love. 

Those who love the Lord hate evil. We need Christian love, not 
the world and its evils which exclude Christian love. Let brotherly 
love continue, which is of God. Owe no man anything but to love 
one another. Grace be unto them that love the Lord. We have 
Christian love because Christ first loved us. Love permeates 
kindness, patience and peace. 

It often comes to my memory concerning an Elder who passed 
many years ago. He preached many sermons on love because he 
saw the love of many was waxing cold. There was straying from 
the way of truth and righteousness. As time passed, you could see 
the good seed was falling on stony ground. It appears in this day 
and age much good seed is falling on stony ground. What could be 
done to get more people to accept the way of truth and righteous- 
ness? 

They that love the Lord shall prosper. We are to love our Saviour 
because He first loved us. Them that love the Lord hate evil. Love 
leads to kindness. Grace is with them who love the Lord. We 
should not be lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Love not 
the world neither the things that are in the world. If any man love 
the world the love of the father is not in him. Let nothing separate 
us from the love of Christ. The faith that worketh by love. All 
things work together for good to them that love the Lord. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
804 W. Sundial Loop 
Plant City, FL 33566 



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CONSTANTLY ABIDING 

As we were going about our work this morning, one of our songs 
was "Constantly Abiding." 

If we've accepted Christ as our Savior and He reigns within our 
hearts, there IS a peace that the world never gave or can take away 
from us. Even though we have trying situations, we know that our 
Heavenly Father stands with arms outstretched to us to guide us 
through. 

If only the people out in the dark, cold world of sin could feel the 
peaceful feeling that a true believer enjoys. 

Constantly abiding in Christ involves daily worshipping and 
regular attendance at church services. Our earthly possessions no 
longer seem so precious to us. Other things become more dear to 
us. 

What a precious thing to ponder — that Jesus promises never to 
leave us or forsake us! What a loving Savior we have! 

In Christian love, 
Sister Karen Blocher 
Bradford, OH 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

August 15, 1926 

THE CHURCH 

Jacob Heffley 

To the loyal and faithful in the Church — greetings. (Acts 
2:41-44) 'Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: 
and the same day were added unto them about three thousand 
souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostle's doctrine and 
fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in prayer. And fear 
came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by 
the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things 
common." These are just a few things of all that are written for our 
meditation, for our instruction, for our consolation, and for our 
comfort. Whenever a man would know of some good thing, which 
has a good success, then he reaches to the depth of his all to get it. 
And so dearly beloved followers of the meek and lowly Nazarene: 
Jesus, when we think of "The Church" let us just turn our Bible, 
unto this second chapter of Acts. Yes, to me it brings rich truths. 
We read, "Then they who gladly received his word were baptized." 
When question was brought before us, "Do you willingly renounce 
satan with all his pernicious ways and all the sinful pleasures of this 
world." When we think of our own lives it does not look as though 



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the sinful pleasures of this world were renounced when we still 
continue in them, love and cherish them, and seemingly feel no 
need of restitution or making things all right. Again how about 
those in the church who have the finest automobiles, finest dress, 
following the latest fashion of this world, just so we are not quite 
like the world, with a large number, very well versed in the Bible but 
with their fair speeches deceive the hearts the simple. Yet they 
express themselves that the word of God is very interesting. I ask 
what will it profit if we study for the interest of things if we are not 
willing to comply with the Gospel? Too much love of the world to 
reach the higher ground of our well beloved forefathers who have 
stood many, many battles of life and have been faithful until death. 
Now while we are on the job, let us thank our dear Heavenly Father 
that he has left us live to see our mistakes and transgression and let 
us renew our steps aright. Let us remember in time of grace and 
life, his will concerning us. We all need more humility like unto 
Christ's and the apostles' for if we raise ourselves up we are sure to 
fall, fall deep into the mire every time, though this world is polished 
very fine. Let us remember Luke 15:11-16. How many people of 
today are not satisfied with their surroundings, and are asking for 
more wages, for less work, more vacations, more amusements, 
more music of all kinds, then forget many songs which inspire unto 
edification in the labor of God's kingdom, more dress to suit 
ourselves into our present day, and more other things of which we 
are reminded through the Bible Monitor? Then we read that the 
son spent all in riotous living and fallen in deep distress he finds 
himself in a bad shape with starvation and dire need of clothing and 
in thought he comes to himself. He decides "I will arise and go to 
my Father and will say unto my Father I am not worthy to be called 
thy son"; here comes the only hope of relief, unto his Father, no 
more, "give me" but now it is "make me" one of thy hired servants. 
Through Jesus Christ our Lord thousands, yes, tens and hundreds 
of thousands, would be the praise of God our great high priest. If 
we would believe and say the "Old Time Religion is good enough 
for me" and live it, and the apostles' doctrine would shine through 
us in this sin cursed and wicked world; then would we prepare 
ourselves for the Lord's second coming to be received with his 
beloved chosen when he comes, "Remember Lot's wife". Another 
striking thought found in Luke 16:25-26. "Son, remember," and so 
forth. Let us remember that though much persecution we must 
enter into eternal life as a verse "Our trouble and our trials here will 
only make us richer there. When we arrive at home." 

Let us arise and return to our first love. In the name of Jesus 
Christ I believe blessed and holy is the return unto the Father of 
love. We need the guidance of the holy spirit to direct us in all 



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truths, and in that fellowship. I wish God's early speed of his 
church. In as much as we learn that the body of believers in which 
we now live has started humbly and earnestly, eagerly to help one 
another with Godly fear and honesty, and has multiplied to a large 
number and has spread unto the far west even from shore to shore 
and some have again crossed the briny deep, into the dark and 
heathen lands. We would wish them all well, that do well. Let us 
consider that the first colleges were the first delight and prospered 
fast in the west, and with them many doubtful doctrines have come 
which are so misleading unto the child of Grace. Yet, I believe 
there is hope, since our dear brethren in the west have seen the 
great evil. The faithful would say "Let us arise and go to my 
Father." Oh for a closer walk with God. A pure and heavenly 
frame, a light to shine upon the road, that leads me to the Lamb. 
(I Cor. 1:10) "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there 
be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together 
in the same mind, and in the same judgment." 

Read II Cor. 4, especially 3-4. How does this suit our day? "But if 
our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of 
this world hath blinded the minds of them which believed not, lest 
the light of the glorious gospel of Christ who is the image of God, 
should shine unto them." As to the fear let us take notice how fear 
fell upon every soul and from time to time how holy men of God 
had this same fear in II Cor. 7:1. "Having these promises dearly 
beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and 
the spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." How often do we 
find Godly fear in all honesty and in sincerity and in truth uprightly 
before God and man in similar readings of the Bible? 

Awaiting for further thought on the breaking of bread by the 
apostles for edification and for doctrine with these scattered 
remarks, and a few references of prayer in Acts 10:1-2 and Acts 
13:2-3. Thinking this may suffice, hoping you the rich and early 
blessings in Christ. 



NEWS ITEM 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

The Lord willing, the Goshen Congregation will have their 
Harvest Meeting services, September 14. Bro. Dennis St. John will 
be the speaker. All are welcome to attend and worship the Lord 
with us. 

Sister Sharon Swihart, Cor. 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

He Came To Save Sinners 
J. H. Moore 

The whole purpose of Jesus' mission may be summed up in this 
one statement: "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save 
that which was lost." Luke 19:10. Then it is said in John 3:16 that 
"God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting 
life." John the Baptist recognized this fact most clearly when he 
once said, pointing to Jesus: "Behold the Lamb of God, which 
taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29. Jesus found man in 
the lowest depths of sin, and came to earth, and endured all the 
hardships and privations that were meted out to him, in order that 
he might save the sinner from his sins, as well as to protect him 
from sinning. Nothing but love of the highest type prompted him to 
carry out the mission of salvation entrusted to him. His mission 
was to serve and to save, and the plan he followed in the scheme of 
human redemption, as we are here setting forth, step by step, 
shows clearly how the system was outlined in the mind of the 
Father, as well as in the mind of the Son. 

••••••• 

A RECIPE FOR REVIVAL 

If all SLEEPING folks would WAKE UP 
And all LUKEWARM would FIRE UP 
And all the DISGRUNTLED would SWEETEN UP 
And all the DISCOURAGED would CHEER UP 
And all the DISTRESSED would LOOK UP 
And all the ESTRANGED would MAKE UP 
And all the GOSSIPERS would SHUT UP 
Then there might come a revival. 

THREE BLESSINGS FOUND IN JESUS CHRIST 

Forgiveness of sins: that through his name whosoever believeth in 

him shall receive remission of sins. Acts 10:43 
Peace with God: Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace 

with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 
Total Renewal: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new 

creature. Old things are passed away; behold, all things are 

become new. II Corinthians 5:17. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
SEPTEMBER 1986 

September 7 - A Better Testament - Hebrews 7:18-28. 
September 14 - A Better Covenant - Hebrews 8:1-13. 
September 21 - Eternal Redemption - Hebrews 9:1-12. 
September 28 - The One Perfect Sacrifice - Hebrews 9:13-28. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR SEPTEMBER 1986 

September 7 - Witnessing - Isaiah 62:6, Mark 5:18-20, II Timothy 
1:8-13, I Peter 3:10-16. 

September 14 - Our Speech - Proverbs 17:27-28, Matthew 5:33-37, 
Colossians 4:6, Titus 2:7-8. 

September 21 - Doubts - Matthew 14:23-36, John 20:24-31, Acts 
12:11-16. 

September 28 - Courage - II Cor. 16:13-14, Philippians 4:11-14, 
I Timothy 4:12, II Timothy 2:1-15. 



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VOL. LXIV SEPTEMBER 1, 1986 No. 17 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



ONCE TO EVERY MAN AND NATION 

Once to ev'ry man and nation Comes the moment to decide, 

In the strife of truth with falsehood, For the good or evil side; 

Some great cause, God's new Messiah, Off ring each the bloom or blight, 

And choice goes by forever Twixt that darkness and that light. 

Then to side with truth is noble, When we share her wretched crust, 
Ere her cause bring fame and profit, And 'tis prosp'rous to be just: 
Then it is the brave man chooses While the coward stands aside, 
Till the multitude make virtue Of the faith they had denied. 

By the light or burning martyrs, Christ, Thy bleeding feet we track, 
Toiling up new Calvaries ever With the cross that turns not back; 
New occasions teach new duties, Time makes ancient good uncouth; 
They must upward still and onward, Who would keep abreast of truth. 

Tho' the cause of evil prosper, Yet 'tis truth alone is strong: 
Tho' her portion be the scaffold, And upon the throne be wrong; 
Yet that scaffold sways the future, And, behind the dim unknown, 
Standeth God within the shadow Keeping watch above His own. 

— James Russell Lowell 



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ENCOURAGEMENT 

We face many discouragements during our lives, whether physi- 
cal, financial, family, employment or Spiritual. We may be dis- 
couraged individually or as a group. Individual discouragement 
may soon spread to others, so a whole group may soon be affected. 

Discouragements are not unique to our present age. Some are 
recorded in the Bible. Moses was discouraged in Egypt when 
he found his own people fighting one another. He suffered many 
discouragements during the forty years of desert wandering. 
David was discouraged by the jealousies and fightings of his 
children. His generals often disobeyed his orders to be merciful, 
bringing sorrow and discouragement to him. 

Undoubtedly there were many times when Jesus was discour- 
aged. He was opposed by the religious leaders. He was misunder- 
stood by His listeners. He was betrayed by one of his disciples. 
He was crucified by the civil government. He was deserted by His 
closest followers. He would have been discouraged if He had not 
known that all this was to fulfill His mission on earth. 

Peter, Paul, John and the other leaders in the early Church 
faced many discouragements from persecutions, false Brethren, 
Jewish opposition, ungrowing members and apostacy. Whole 
congregations were snatched away by false teachers. Yet they 
continued to serve Christ by preaching, praying and promoting the 
strait and narrow way. 

Gideon faced many discouragements. He had to hide when 
threshing grain for the Midianites would have taken it from him. 
Later when called to lead his people against the Midianites he was 

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unable to see how his small band could accomplish such a great 
task. It was only after eavesdropping on the defeated talk of his 
enemies that he realized that they were even more demoralized 
than he was. Today, when conservative Christians are so few, it 
is easy to be discouraged before such an array of enemies. But like 
Gideon, we should realize that for all their hard speeches and 
brave attitudes they are as demoralized as the Midianites. 

Elijah had some great victories over the enemies of God. He also 
had some deeply discouraging times. When queen Jezebel threat- 
ened him, he quickly lost his courage and fled, although he had 
lately overcome the prophets of Baal. With his courage gone he 
began to feel sorry for himself. He began to think that he was the 
only true servant that God had left on earth. Persecution may 
cause us to lose our courage, although in our situation we know 
very little of real persecution. More often we become discouraged 
by feeling sorry for ourselves and feeling a certain Spiritual super- 
iority over others. When we feel alone we become discouraged 
and by our discouragement we drive others from us, whom we 
should be drawing toward God. 

The Apostle Paul was discouraged by his seeming inability to do 
those things he should and to not do those things he shouldn't. 
This same inability may be very discouraging to us. A conscien- 
tious Christian will be bothered by his failures to live as he should. 
While we dare never take lightly any sin or misconduct in our 
Christian life, we also have to realize our imperfections. We must 
take care of what is in the past and press on. Satan will use the 
past to discourage and defeat us in the present and keep us from 
going forward. 

Despite all the discouragements faced by those memorialized in 
God's Word, we know that Christianity has survived to our own 
time. There must have been some encouragements along the 
way. Christians have survived their discouragements and have 
carried forward the Gospel. 

We face, today, the same discouragements that Godly men have 
faced since the Creation. Our fears are the same that have hamp- 
ered our Spiritual foreparents. As they pressed onward so must 
we. 

We must realize that, when we accept the fact that we are weak, 
we have the greatest power available. When we are broken, God 
has the opportunity to strengthen and encourage us. We must 
realize that our Christian life is not a solitary struggle. We are 
making the journey in company with our Christian Brothers and 
Sisters. As fellow travelers we need to encourage one another. 

Encouragement may be a simple thing. A handshake, a saluta- 
tion, a pat on the back, a touch or just being present may be all 



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that is needed to encourage another to continue on. A group may 
be encouraged by the conversion of one from the world or the 
steady growth of another. 

Although there are many discouragements along the way, it is 
encouraging to know that they are common to all of us. Being 
common to us all, they can become goads to each to be more 
active in encouraging others. May we each grow to overcome 
discouragement and to bring encouragement to others. 

BELIEVE IT OR NOT 

Most of us are familiar with Ripley's "Believe It Or Not." Some 
things in this life are, in a sense, unbelievable, yet they happen. 
Usually there is some sort of evidence to prove the claim which 
is made, or to show that it's not just hearsay. Events which are un- 
usual or seemingly impossible can and do happen in this world 
that we live in. Someone is sure to notice these events and to 
report them in the news. In the Bible, we have recorded some 
special "Believe It Or Not" events, done God's way. I'm sure they, 
too, made the news at one time. Let's think about a few of them. 

One of the first which comes to mind is Noah and the Ark. Noah 
spent many years building the Ark. It would have been more than 
a lifetime acording to the present average life span. Most of us 
would probably have gotten discouraged and quit, but not Noah. 
He not only completed his task but also warned those around him 
of the coming flood. Then he stocked the Ark with food as in- 
structed in Gen. 6:21-22. Can you imagine the comments people 
made? Next, the animals came in. I don't believe Noah had to 
chase them to capture the ones he wanted, but they must have 
come willingly. Wild animals not used to confinement, as well 
as tame ones, entered in. Think of the chaos there would be if 
anyone tried that now! It is hard to picture the flood which fol- 
lowed, but it did happen, and God expects us to accept it by faith. 
See Gen. 6-8. 

Another event recorded by God which man tries to explain away 
is the crossing of the Red Sea. See Gen. 14:21-31. There have 
been estimates made of the possible height of the walls of water, 
the time needed for so many to cross, and so forth. But no matter 
how long it took, the water divided and they did cross - on dry land 
at that! Now whoever heard of a dry area under a sea or lake? 
No one, of course, but God made it dry for His people. This was 
only one of the many supernatural events which the children of 
Israel experienced, but whatever the need of that multitude, God 
was able to provide. 

Elijah benefited also from God's provision. God sent him into 
hiding and said, "Thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have com- 



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manded the ravens to feed thee there." I Kings 17.4. Elijah needed 
protection and food, and both were provided. To have a bird come 
to you to receive food is natural. To have a bird bring food to you 
is not, but it did happen and we can't explain it away as mere 
coincidence. 

Even the sun went against the natural laws for an ordinary day. 
Not once, but twice, the sun's pattern was interrupted. In Joshua 
10:13, God's people were in a battle and Joshua commanded the 
sun and moon to stand still until the battle was won. It would 
really be something for the sun to delay going down for even an 
hour or two, but this was nearly a whole day. In II Kings 20:8-11, 
Hezekiah was given a choice, and he asked for the sun to move 
backwards ten degrees. God can reverse the laws of nature if He 
so desires, and we need to believe it. 

"Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And 
Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights." 
Jonah 1:17. There have been statements made that no sea crea- 
ture had a throat large enough to swallow a man, but I'm sure 
that was the least of Jonah's worries. He was in the fish, however 
he got there, and getting out was his concern. He no doubt ex- 
pected to die. That was probably the longest private prayer meet- 
ing he'd ever had! After his attitude changed, his circumstances 
did too, and he found himself again on dry land. Why didn't Jonah 
die? Because God was in control of this situation, and He had 
other plans for Jonah. 

There is something in all these instances which defies the laws 
of nature. You can either believe them or not, but your opinion 
won't change the facts. There is another event which is more 
important to you than any of the ones already mentioned, and 
that is the birth of Christ. He left Heaven and was born of a virgin 
so He could become your Savior and mine. People try to explain 
this away also and say Jesus was born just like the rest of us, that 
He was a mere human being, not the divine Son of God. 

What you choose to believe about Jesus is up to you, but you 
can't change the facts. Refusal to believe in Christ means con- 
demnation, but faith in Him and His power to save brings us 
salvation. Read John 3:16-18. "He that believeth on the Son hath 
everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see 
life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:36. The fact is, 
Jesus saves and unbelief condemns us, whether we believe it 
or not. 

"With God all things are possible." including animals going will- 
ingly into the Ark. It is possible for waters to part and birds to feed 
a lonely man. It's possible for the sun to defy the natural laws, and 
for Jonah to survive in a fish. It was possible for Jesus to take on 



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human form, to die for us and then be resurrected so we might live 

also. Do you believe it, or not? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
R. 1, Pioneer, OH 43554 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

The kind of person God wants me to be . . . GENTLE 

There are times in the Scriptures when gentleness and meek- 
ness are used interchangeably. We tend to picture a meek person 
as a pushover, a "Casper Milquetoast" with no substance. Many 
feel this quality is to be found more in women than in men. What 
a terrible distortion of truth. These mistaken assumptions are par- 
tially due to a lack of understanding of the word from the biblical 
perspective. 

A meek person is, in fact, one who has great power. This is 
power, which is under control. Behind gentleness is a strength of 
steel and a person with a right perspective of the emotion. 

Jesus has promised us that the meek will inherit the earth. A 
meek person, one in control of himself and the situation around 
him, does not grope nervously at life. The Spirit of God has free 
reign and he has confidence that God will give him the best ... in 
fact, the whole earth. As a result, he can well afford to yield to 
others and trust God. 

A meek person has learned how to yield up his rights and pos- 
sessions to God and knows how to respond to anger when his 
personal rights have been violated. This person wins the right to j 
be heard rather than demanding the right. Look at Moses, a volatile 
man, who had the status as the meekest person that ever lived. 
(Num. 12:3) 

Jesus, who braved an angry mob of Jews and Roman soldiers 
told us . . . "for I am gentle and lowly in heart. . ." Obviously, meek- 
ness is not weakness. A meek person has greater strength any* 
time than one who is course, abrasive and full of anger. 

Again Jesus was the epitome of honesty. He spoke the truth I 
at all costs, even when it meant personal loss. When it meant a; 
tender response to a frightened woman, He was ready. He took 
a blind man away from a crowd, not wanting to embarrass him. 
Each situation demanded its own response. He was prepared to 
act and react to any situation with total self (God) control. 

Moses, the meek man, responded so furiously at the complaints 
of the Israelite people, that it cost him entry into the promised 
land. God places a premium on gentleness. Paul instructed Tim- 
othy to rebuke and correct with gentleness. The Galations, when 
restoring a brother who was overtaken in sin, were to send spiritual 
people who could undertake that task with gentleness. 



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The tender man, David, had deep emotions. He directed his 
officers to deal gently with his rebellious son, Absalom, when he 
was opposing him and his kingdom. Jesus blesses this kind of 
sensitivity. 

Young men in the church today need role-models of men who 
are "strong as steel and soft as satin." Will you accept the chal- 
lenge to be tht man? Will you show wisdom from above which is 
first pure, then peaceable, GENTLE. . .? We are living in the end 
times and Paul told Timothy that in these days, we can expect 
people to be abusive and reckless. We have to resist this tendency 
of our age and the chance of becoming as hard and insensitive as 
the machines which dominate our lives. Have you noticed that 
people who tend to worship technology become sort of machine- 
like? 

They are brittle, calculating and soul-less. People who worship 
Jesus become sensitive, compassionate, and gentle. YOU BE- 
COME LIKE WHAT YOU WORSHIP. Even the modern educational 
system has de-activated the part of man that develops into 
gentleness. 

We must be broken-down and remade as we become more 
Christ-like. We must become supple in the hands of the Lord and 
be gentle in our relationships with others. Be GENTLE . . . God 
will bless you for it. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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PREACHER'S COMPLAINT BOOK 

One time there was a preacher who had an unusual number 
of complainers in the church for which he preached. Every time 
someone would call him to gripe about another brother in the 
congregation, the preacher would say, "Wait till I get my complaint 
book. I want to make a notation of your complaint about your 
brother and then you can sign your name by the complaint." 
When the critics learned that the preacher was keeping records of 
all complaints made by the members, they usually changed the 
subject. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all preachers kept such a 
record and let the members know of it? 

- Selected by Brother Lynn H. Miller 



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THOUGHTS 

Thoughts are good - or they are bad - 
They are glad - or they are sad - 
They are wrong - or they are right - 
Either evil -or of "light." 

Thoughts from below - or above - 
Can be hate - or they are love - 
A middle ground - 1 don't find - 
On a fence - or in the mind. 

There can be joy - or there's woe - 
If we're not - ready to go 
With our Saviour - when He comes - 
And takes His Saints - to their homes. 

Let your thoughts - be pure and clean - 
And no malice - make you mean - 
God can cleanse - your heart right now - 
If you'll to Him - humble bow 



For He loves - each humble soul - 
And He wants - to make them whole - 
Leading them - in words and deeds - 
Filling all - their daily needs. 

Keep your thoughts - on God above - 
And on His - undying love - 
Living for Him - every day - 
Walking on - the narrow way. 

He will guide - your wand'ring mind - 
The more you read - this you'll find - 
His Word is - the way of life - 
It was brought - from God by Christ. 

Sister Irene Stout 

Rt. 1, Box 160, Wabash, IN 46992 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

September 1, 1926 
CONCEIT, DECEIT AND RECEIPT 
J. F. Britton 
The three words that form the heading of this article are stu- 
pendous factors that function both in our moral and our spiritual 
lives. Conceit and deceit are dynamic and carnal propensities that 
dominate in the lives of their victims, so that they are led on and on 
into the realms of destruction. "Receipt" is a profound question 
that has under consideration the welfare of the soul. 



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In order that we may grasp mentally the gravity and magnitude 
of the signification of those three words, it will be necessary to 
consider them somewhat separately. As we see Conceit arrayed in 
the church of today, we are forced to the conclusion that Conceit 
is the mother of pride, arrogance and obduracy. A great man once 
said, "Sow a thought, and you will reap a habit; sow a habit, and 
you will reap a character; sow a character, and you will reap a 
destiny." Oh! the eternal horrors that hang and cluster around 
the second death, the sowing of the flesh. "Then when lust hath 
conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bring- 
eth forth death." (James 1:15) Hence, the sad fact that follows: 
that death is the finished product and the end of Conceit. Solomon, 
David, Paul, Peter and James, all recognized and spoke of the 
awfulness of conceit in human hearts and lives. And as it has 
always been true, as it is true today, that a conceited man or 
woman is a serious proposition, we are grappling with grave and 
perplexing questions and problems. 

But the most serious challenge confronting the church today 
is Conceit and Deceit, those arrogant and hypocritical elements 
dominating and functioning in the church, that have incapacitated 
her in her disciplinary virtues. Hence the church finds herself 
involved in an awful peril, just as it has been prophesied in the 
New Testament. "But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the 
lust of uncleanness, and despise government, presumptuous are 
they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities." 
(II Peter 2:10) "For there are certain men crept in unawares, who 
were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, 
turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying 
the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore 
put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the 
Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, after- 
wards destroyed them that believed not. Likewise also these 
filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil 
of dignities." (Jude 4, 5 and 8. The reader should read verses 
6 and 7.) 

We shall now try to look very briefly at the signification of the 
second word of this article. Jehovah, speaking through the proph- 
et Jeremiah says, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and 
desperately wicked; who can know it?" (Jer. 17:9) From this 
divine description and the divulging of the character of the human 
heart, no wonder Jesus said, "Those things which proceed out 
of the mouth come from the heart; and they defile the man. For 
out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, forni- 
cations, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things 
which defile a man." (Matt. 15:18-20.) These carnalities and pro- 
pensities left without any restrictions or restraint, will jeopardize 



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either state or church. "And God saw that the wickedness of man 
was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts 
of his heart was only evil continually." (Gen. 6:5) Hence it is ab- 
solutely essential for the moral and spiritual welfare of man, that 
the disciplinary reins of restrictions should be thrown around him. 

But Deceit is so deceptive and perfidious, it's like a pest-house, 
full of the fascinating virus that is so contagious that only through 
vigilance and prohibitory measures can those carnalities and 
propensities be suppressed or controlled. It is remarkable to hear 
many of our brethren speak in very strong terms against the boot- 
leggers of our country, and demand that they be prosecuted to the 
extent of the law. But raise a question in reference to the order 
of the church and her government, and it is wonderful to hear 
those same brethren cry man-made law. Who made the Pro- 
hibition law? The people of this country, and it is also true that 
the Volstead Act and the Eighteenth Amendment were legislated 
into our government by men. Why then should our civil laws be 
observed and our church laws disregarded? And too, when our 
church ritual is of divine authority. "For he taught them as one 
having authority, and not as the scribes." (Matt. 7:29) 

But as man and woman were first blinded, decoyed and beguiled 
by that wizard Deceit, so the old arch-fiend is still speaking to 
his satanic emissaties or agents, enticing them. And thousands 
of church members are being caressed and lulled to sleep in the 
lap of Deliliah, only to awaken to the sad realization of virtue and 
spiritual power gone, like Samson of old, who fell a victim to the 
Philistines through the deceitfulness of a sinful woman. Thus he 
lost his strength, his eyes, and his life. Oh! how true, but very 
sad that, "there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the 
end thereof are the ways of death." (Pro. 14:12) Thus the church 
has been plunged upon a stormy sea, and is in the midst of great 
peril. And the momentous question is heard everywhere: "Lord, 
what shall we do?" Jesus answered the question by saying, 
"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth 
them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon 
a rock: And the rain descended and the floods came, and the 
winds blew, and beat upon that house: and it fell not: for it was 
founded upon a rock. And everyone that heareth these sayings 
of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, 
which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, 
and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that 
house: and it fell: and great was the fall of it." (Matt. 7:24-27) In 
view of those profound and stupendous statements from Jesus, 
He that never spake as man speaks, "and in whom there is no 
variableness, neither shadow of turning," the burning question 
is: Upon which of those two foundations are we building our hopes 



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for eternity? Are we building upon the sands of Conceit and 
Deceit, the "teachings and commandments of men", or are we 
building on the eternal Rock of Ages, Christ Jesus the Son of God? 
This leads to the third division of this article. "Receipt" signifies 
that there has been something received. Paul said unto them, 
"Have ye received the Holy Spirit since ye believed? And they 
said unto him, "We have not so much as heard whether there be 
any Holy Ghost." (Acts 19:2) Appalling indeed, to think there 
were a lot of folks that had believed, been baptized and received 
into the church and knew nothing about the Holy Ghost! The very 
circumstances, the nature and character of the case, show that 
there was something radically and lamentably wrong here. It is 
very apparent and goes without saying, that then, as today, there 
was someone who was not preaching a whole Christ and a full 
Gospel. Reader, can you conceive of any proximate idea of what 
it means to have twelve men in the church without the Holy Ghost? 
But thank God, and bless His Holy Name, those twelve men were 
converted and baptized into Jesus Christ, and received the Holy 
Ghost. But from the general trend, and the conditions in the church 
today, we are made to ask the question, "Have you, have I, received 
the Holy Ghost since we joined the church?" Paul says, "There- 
fore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are 
passed away: behold, all things are become new." (II Cor. 5:17) 
Because he has been born through the operation of the Holy 
Ghost into the Kingdom of God. Hence, his "life is hid with Christ 
in God," (Col. 3:3), and as he has changed his relations from the 
world to the heavenly kingdom, his "delight is in the law of the 
Lord." And like Paul, he says, "God forbid that I should glory 
save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is 
crucified unto me, and I unto the world." (Gal. 6:14) And like 
David, he prays, "Lord, keep back thy servant also from presump- 
tuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be 
upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be 
acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer." 

IN TIMES OF DISTRESS AND DISCOURAGEMENT 

II Corinthians 1:3-4, "Blessed be God, even the Father of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all com- 
fort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able 
to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort where- 
with we ourselves are comforted of God." 

In many church circles today the emphasis is on loud music, 
shouting, and "praising the Lord." It is not our purpose to question 
the salvation or sincerity of these individuals. But we cannot agree 



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with their hypothesis that only those outside of the will of God 
suffer sadness and seeming defeats. In fact this first chapter of 
II Corinthians tells us that God can get glory from our suffering. 
It is only when we go through the valley of despair that we can 
truly emphathize with those who are hurting. For in verse 6 of 
this chapter we read, "And whether we be afflicted, it is for our 
consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of 
the same sufferings which we also suffer; or whether we be com- 
forted, it is for your consolation and salvation." 

Brothers and Sisters, are we REALLY concerned about those 
who are suffering? There are those outside of the Church who 
have turned to dope and alcohol to help to lessen the sting of 
defeat and sorrow. But there is no real comfort in these things. 
Are we reaching out to these individuals with the message of hope 
through our blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Or are we 
too busy fighting one another over the "purity of the Church?" 
We would not be misunderstood. There is a real need for pure 
Church doctrine in this time of "popular Christianity." But Paul 
tells us that we suffer afflictions in order that some may be saved. 
We wonder sometimes if instead of praying for health and strength 
we should not pray that God would give us what He sees as our 
needs. It is not pleasant to suffer sickness or other types of sorrow 
or discouragement. It is not natural to desire to do so, and we 
are not at all suggesting that we should not seek medical help 
if we are ill. We also have the promise in James 5 that God will 
raise us up by divine power. But, contrary to popular teaching, 
this healing is not always immediate or even physical healing. 
Yes, God CAN get glory out of suffering. 

Suffering is a real part of our Christian fellowship. As the hymn 
writer John Fawcett wrote in that stirring song, "Blest Be the Tie." 

"We share our mutual woes, 

Our mutual burdens bear; 

And often for each other flows 

The sympathizing tear." 
But I am afraid that we express this sentiment much more often 
than we practice it! We are often so busy tearing each other up 
with words that we have little time for compassion. Do we feel, 
"Yes, well, he or she probably deserves exactly what they are 
getting," instead of trying to put ourselves in their place? Have 
we become so "spiritual" that we can no longer grieve with those 
suffering the loss of a loved one? Yes, death is a happy occasion 
for those who know and love the Lord. But there is also often 
a deep sense of loss. If there is true love between a husband and 
wife, a child and Mother or Father, or a brother or sister (natural 
or in the Lord), there will be pain caused by the separation by 
death. 



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There are those in the fellowship of believers who are suffering 
from broken marriages and others who are having marital prob- 
lems. Let me say at this point that God is not in the business of 
breaking up homes. We believe that this is Satan's greatest attack 
on the Church today. If he can destroy the home he will "destroy" 
the peace, love, and joy of the Church. We are aware that Christ 
taught that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the true 
Church (Matthew 16:18) but we also read that Satan is a roaring 
lion seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8). But, on the other 
hand, our stand for Christ may cause problems with those we love. 
It is a hard saying, but Christ told us in Luke 14:26 "If any man 
come to me, and hate not (love less than Christ) his father, and 
mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yes, and 
his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." But we must be wary 
that we do not become so sanctimonious that we lose a feeling 
of love and compassion for those who suffer family problems. 
While we are on the subject of family problems, one of the great- 
est sufferings a Christian goes through is to see their children 
stray from or refuse to accept the faith handed down to them. 
Here again, if you have never had children of your own or if you 
were blessed with children who are faithful in the Church you 
may become pharisaic in your attitude toward those less fortunate. 
We do not believe we should fault ourselves if our children re- 
fuse the faith after we have faithfully taught them. Wayward 
children, though certainly not a blessing, can give us compassion 
for others in a like position. 

We feel strongly that we need a more loving, compassionate 
Church. We rejoice in the examples of helping hands and hearts 
that we have observed. But we see much more finding fault than 
loving care. We confess that without caring Christian brothers 
and sisters we would have probably fallen from the faith. Perhaps 
this is why this message is so dear to our heart. We need not 
compromise Bible truths in order to be loving and kind. In fact 
if we truly love we will speak the truth in love with tears. (II Cor. 
2:4) 

If you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior we cannot 
promise you a "bed of roses." But we can promise you that He 
will never leave you or forsake you and will go with you in all 
times of trouble. He will give you a home in Heaven where sorrow, 
disappointments and distress will be no more. This is the hope 
of all Christians. 



James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St., Palmyra, PA 17078 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINE 

Love and Obedience 
J. H. Moore 

Love and obedience are two great cardinal points in the plan of 
salvation. Jesus says, "If a man love me, he will keep my words." 
(John 14:23) Nothing can be plainer. The real test of love is obed- 
ience. This will be found true in every department of life. The 
child who loves her mother will obey her. But hear the Master 
further: "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, 
he it is that loveth me." (John 14:21) Then, who is it that loves 
Jesus? There can be but one answer: "He that hath my com- 
mandments, and keepeth them." 

Every man who has the New Testament has the command- 
ments of Christ, and if he deliberately refuses to obey them from 
the heart, it cannot be truthfully said that he loves his Lord. In the 
light of what we here say, it must be evident to every reader that 
love and obedience go hand in hand. Where love for the Master 
exists, there will obedience be found. The absence of obedience 
indicates the absence of love. This is the plain declaration of 
the Master himself. Hear him again: "He that loveth me not keep- 
eth not my sayings." (John 14:24) We also have this further 
statement: "For this is the love of God, that we keep his com- 
mandments." (I John 5:3) Love and obedience are found in the 
same heart. True obedience cannot be separated from love. In 
fact, true love invariably prompts obedience. 

BURSTING PIPES 

Many of us in the Northern regions know that the cold weather 
brings the threat of freezing water supplies. Some folks will turn 
their water spigots open slightly to keep the water flowing because 
moving water will not freeze as quickly as non-moving water. If 
the water is not allowed to flow, the cold will freeze the water and 
the ice will burst the pipes, rendering them useless as channels to 
provide that water. There IS a spiritual parallel. If the spiritual 
flow is shut off, then we are in danger of freezing up and losing 
our effectiveness as channels of the water of life. Let's keep 
ourselves open to that life-giving flow so that we do not become 
frozen, bursted, and useless. 

- Selected by Brother Lynn H. Miller 



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NEW ITEMS 

HART, MICHIGAN 

Revival meetings will be held at Hart, Michigan, September 7 
through 14 with Bro. Fred Pifer being the evangelist. Communion 
services will also be held Saturday, September 13. All are invited 
to attend these meetings. 

Sister Beverly St. John, Cor. 

WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 

The Walnut Grove Congregation has scheduled a Revival effort 
commencing September 28. The Lord willing, Elder Dean St. 
John from Montpelier, Ohio will be the Evangelist. These meet- 
ings terminate with our Lovefeast on October 5. 

We invite you to be present and enjoy these services with us. 
Pray that God will make His wonderful promises the daily ex- 
perience of everyone who completely yields himself to Him and 
His Words. 

Sister Betty Shelly, Cor. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

The Quinter Congregation will be holding a week of revival 
meetings, September 21 through 28, with Bro. Rudy Cover, 
Modesto, California, as the evangelist. Our prayer for these meet- 
ings is that God's Holy Spirit will create a true revival in every 
heart. We invite you to come and worship Him with us. 

Sister Julie Litfin 



THREEFOLD MANNER OF LIFE 

AS TO GOD: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his 

benefits. Psalms 103:2. 
AS TO THE WORLD: For every creature of God is good, and 

nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving. 

I Timothy 4:4. 
AS TO SELF: For who maketh thee to differ from another? and 

what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst 

receive it, why dost thou glory? I Corinthians 4:7. 



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These are the questions that should have accompanied the 
September Sunday School lessons in the August 15 issue. They 
did not appear through no fault of the Bible Study Board. 

The Editor 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

SEPTEMBER 1986 

September 7 - A Better Testament - Hebrews 7:18-28. 

1. In what way was the Priesthood of Christ different from the 
ceremonial law? 

2. Need there be another sacrifice? 
September 14 - A Better Covenant - Hebrews 8:1-13. 

1. Could Christ have been an earthly Priest under the Law? 

2. How and in what way is the New Covenant better? 
September 21 - Eternal Redemption - Hebrews 9:1-12. 

1. Who and how often was permitted to enter the Holy Place? 

2. Who was permitted to enter the Most Holy or the Holy of 
Holiest? 

September 28 - The One Perfect Sacrifice - Hebrews 9:13-28. 

1. What was required that the High Priest take into the Holy 
Place? 

2. What offering did Christ carry into the Most Holy Place? 
Verse 24. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR SEPTEMBER 1986 

September 7 - Witnessing - Isa. 62:6, Mark 5:18-20, II Tim. 1:8-13, 
I Pet. 3:10-16. 

1. Who is to witness for Christ? Matt. 28:7-8. 

2. To whom was His Disciples to witness? Matt. 28:19-20. 
September 14 - Our Speech - Pro. 17:27-28, Matt. 5:33-37, Col. 4:6, 

Titus 2:7-8. 

1. What does James 3 tell us about how our speech should be? 

2. How did Jesus answer those who accused Him? 
September 21 - Doubts - Matt. 14:33-36, John 20:24-31, Acts 12: 

11-16. 

1. When Peter walked on the sea to Christ what caused him to 
sink? Matt. 14:31. 

2. Why is Thomas called the doubting Thomas? John 20:25. 
September 28 - Courage - II Cor. 16:13-14, Phil. 4:11-14, I Tim. 

4:12, II Tim. 2:1-15. 

1. What story in the Old Testament reveals courage? Esther 
4:16, 

2. The courage of Christ. Phil. 2:5-11. 



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VOL. LXIV SEPTEMBER 15, 1986 NO. 18 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

O FOR A HEART TO LOVE MY GOD 

O for a heart to love my God! 
A heart from sin set free; 
A heart that always feels the blood, 
So freely shed for me. 

A heart resigned, submissive, meek, 
My dear Redeemer's throne, 
Where only Christ is heard to speak, 
Where Jesus reigns alone. 

A humble, lowly, contrite heart, 
Believing, true and clean, 
Which neither life nor death can part 
From him that dwells within. 

A heart in ev'ry thought renewed, 
And filled with love divine; 
Perfect, and right, and pure, and good, 
A copy, Lord, of thine. 

Thy holy nature, Lord, impart; 
Come quickly from above, 
Write thy new name upon my heart, 
Thy new, best name of Love. 

- Charles Wesley 



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LIFESTYLES 

Today, people are doing their "own thing". Each lives according 
to his own understanding and desire. So there is no uniformity. No 
one wants to be told by someone else that his way is wrong and 
that he must conform to a uniform system. 

This lack of conformity affects the government, the schools and 
places of employment. It has had an effect upon the churches. 
With everyone going their own way it is difficult for the church to 
operate as a brotherhood. The emphasis is upon the individual and 
his wants, feelings and accomplishments. There is little concern 
about the good of the whole body. Because none want to submit to 
the rule and regulations of the body, they carry out their self desire 
and have little fear of further consequences. 

We have a world that has no standard except what each indi- 
vidual developes for himself. Success is said to be the fulfillment of 
self-set goals. Success is not measured by living up to the set 
standard. The world around us has largely ignored and even 
despised the holy standard set by God in His Word. 

Having gotten further and further from the standard of God, 
people of this world have gotten into various lifestyles. The style of 
their living is marked by a departure from the Bible's standard of 
righteous living. 

The lifestyles of some are so extreme, they are even opposed to 
the lenient standards of society. Though outside the mainstream 
of average behaviour, these lifestyles are not only tolerated but are 
heroic in the eyes of some. Much of modern American living today 
is based on the senses. It is doing what feels good no matter how 

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extreme or outrageous it may be. There are those today who 
openly live deviant lifestyles. Homosexuality has become a life- 
style of many. It is not only a rebellion against the lenient mores of 
society but also against the strict standards of the Bible. 

Those who are heterosexual, living together without being 
married has become their rebellion. They want to indulge their 
feelings and physical forces, without making the committments of 
fidelity and lifelong love. They want the freedom to move from 
relationship to relationship, when problems crop up and they do 
not want to face hard choices in their own lives. It is easier to 
change partners than one's habits and attitudes. The conse- 
quences of this lifestyle are many. There may be physical con- 
sequences from certain diseases and there certainly will be 
psychological problems that may be masked over but are still 
there. The standard of the Bible cannot be violated with impunity 
without a price being exacted at some future time whether in this 
life or in eternity or even both. 

Fashions, whether high fashion or hippy, influence the dress of 
many. The clothes made by manufacturers and sold by the stores 
reflect the lifestyles of those who violate the standards of right 
living. The fashions are changeable depending on the current fad. 
People dress not to be modest, comfortable or warm but to be in 
style no matter how immodest, uncomfortable or ridiculous. Even 
the lenient social standards concerning modesty of few years ago 
are now outdated and ignored. To be seen in public with little or 
nothing on is a symptom of the individual's primary interest in 
himself and his own feelings. He is doing what he wants to do and 
so much the better, if he can garner public attention doing it. 

These lifestyles are but a few of the ways that our society is 
affected by those who disobey every rule, regulation or standard 
that does not meet their individual approval. This is not a new 
condition although it may seem more widespread and bolder than 
in past generations. It has been the way of the world since Adam 
and Eve's fall in the Garden of Eden. 

The way of the world we expect to find in the world but we do not 
want to find it in the Church, yet these various lifestyles around us 
also have had an effect upon the Church. Church members, 
perhaps in less obvious ways, show rebellion. There is a greater 
emphasis on what the individual's desire is rather than on the 
standard set by God. There is an effect upon the dress of the 
members as they become less modest. The discipline of the 
Church is impaired by the seeking for compromise and good 
feeling rather than meeting the Biblical standard. At first, this 
rebellion is hardly noticeable but later it very quickly gains 
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What is your lifestyle? Surely it is not one of the deviant lifestyles 
so prevalent in today's world. But is it as closely identified with 
God's standard as possible? 

RELEASE THE BRAKE ! 

In recent months, we toured an old, water-powered saw-and- 
grist mill. It is situated along a river where there's a good source of 
power. There was grinding equipment, the saw, and also some 
generating equipment. All received their power from the same 
source — the flowing water — but not all the equipment could 
operate at the same time. Pulleys were braked and belts changed 
to divert the power where needed. Of special interest to us was the 
sawing demonstration. 

The young assistant changed belts, opened the water-flow 
control, and so forth to direct the full power to the big saw. At one 
point, the man in charge asked, "Did you release the brake?" It was 
obvious that he had not, for when he did, the whine of the saw rose 
to a shrill scream. It was now ready for action! When the log 
touched the blade, the whine reached a deafening pitch. Slowly 
but steadily, the log was squared off, boards sawed and laid aside, 
all in a few minutes. When the brake was released, the power 
flowed, and the saw could then do its job. 

Christians need power also so they can function as God intended 
them to. God is our source of power, and His power flows freely if 
we let it. Any resistance in our hearts to God's will for us hinders 
the flow of power. Keeping the brake on, spiritually speaking, 
renders us powerless and makes our lives "ho-hum". It cuts us off 
from the strength we need to serve God, and lowers our spiritual 
vitality. We may be gently humming along as the saw was, but we 
are not ready for action and there's no power there to do what God 
wants. 

The saw blade turned while the grist mill functioned. It turned 
even with the brake on, but until all the power was transferred to it, 
it couldn't function properly. It needed all the power available, and 
so do we. At times, we must concentrate all our energy into one 
area until the task is completed. Spreading ourselves too thin 
renders us ineffective in the Lord's work, because we're trying to do 
everything at once. The saw received the power first, then 
completed its task one step at a time. That's a good lesson for us. 

Many Scriptures refer to God's power, and to man's weakness. 
"For there is no power but of God" (Rom. 13:1) tells us of His 
authority. Christ is the power of God (I Cor. 1:24), and the 
weakness of God is stronger than men (I Cor. 1:25). This strength 
or power goes beyond anything man knows. God has the ability to 
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Without Christ, we are weak and can do nothing (John 15:5), but 
with Him, we are able to do His will. 

Jesus said, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." 
Matt. 28:18. There are no limits on His power and He has made 
spiritual power available to us. "But ye shall receive power, after 
that the Holy Ghost is come upon you." Acts 1:8. We need this 
power, and we must let it flow without resistance in order to serve 
God acceptably. We can't function with our spiritual brakes on and 
still expect God to be pleased. 

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of 
love, and of a sound mind." II Tim. 1 :7. Power — the ability to do, to 
overcome — is what God gives us. Peter sank in the water when 
fear overcame his faith. See Matt. 14:15. His fear hindered the 
power-flow from Jesus to him, and therefore he failed. We too will 
fail if we turn our attention to our helplessness, or to the circum- 
stances around us. We should instead concentrate on Jesus' 
ability and power to work through us. 

The Christian life is a walk of faith, not sight (II Cor. 5:7) Jesus is 
leading us, and He knows where we're going, so we don't need to 
see. If we trust Him as we should, we won't be afraid to step out in 
faith. Jesus has promised to be with us always, and He can bring 
good out of bad situations. He can bless us in so many ways, and 
desires to care for us wholly and completely. Why shouldn't we 
trust Him wholly and completely? 

Fear of the unknown, unwillingness to submit to God, lack of 

love for others — all of these are spiritual brakes. They hinder the 

power-flow. Another brake is being over-committed. When we 

take on too much, we can't do what God wants. Our commitment 

l to Him must come first, and anything which hinders us spiritually is 

I in effect a brake which needs to be released. 

Driving a car with the brake on restrains the power, and makes 
the motor work harder. When the person behind a load rides the 
brake while the one in the front steps on the gas, it hinders the 
movement. The helper in the rear thinks it's going too fast, and the 
one in front who's pulling wonders why it won't go any faster! No 
matter how great the power, keeping the brake on hinders it. Jesus 
is in the front and we should let Him set the pace. When we do, 
progress will be made. 

Another spiritual brake is our attitude toward those around us. 
|We can encourage people or be critical. We can lift people up or 
tear them down. Whenever we manifest anything less than a 
[Christ-like spirit towards others, we put the brakes on. It hinders 
Christ's work in our own hearts, but also we become a discourage- 
ment and a hindrance to others. Surely God is not pleased. 

The saw mill was close to the source of power, not out in a field 
somewhere. The water-power vital to this mill was there flowing all 



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the time. We likewise must stay close to the source of our power 
—God. His power is there all the time and doesn't change or 
diminish. It's up to us to utilize it. Think over your life and see if 
you've released the brake so His power can flow. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

The kind of person God wants me to be... ENTHUSIASTIC 

Enthusiasm comes from two Greek words: "en" means "in" and 
"theos" meaning "God"... or literally "God in one." This would! 
equate to being inspired or possessed by God. It originally had a! 
supernatural connotation but has come to mean intense zeal,jj 
fervency and excitement today. Of course all enthusiasm is notii 
good. Some is negative which we will relate later in this discussion. J 

David was a "man after God's own heart." Very few people havef 
had more zeal for the Lord than this poet of Israel. He celebrated,! 
the Lord's goodness and his enthusiasm was contagious. His 
emotions allowed him to have a deep worship experience and he[ 
was totally uninhibited in his expression of praise. 

When the ark was brought back to Jerusalem, David could hardlyj 
contain his joy. He expressed it with exuberance. People seemjj 
very free to show enthusiasm at a ball game. If you do that you are! 
known as a "fan", but have you noticed that when you expressj| 
enthusiasm at church you are known as a "fanatic"? 

David was a fanatic, at least in the eyes of his wife, Michal. He 
"danced before the Lord" and Michal despised him for it. David 
was not dancing or worshiping to gain approval from the people! 
but he was responding honestly before the Lord. 

The Psalms are full of David's enthusiasm for God. He comparesf 
his zeal for the Lord with the panting of a deer for water. Hej; 
exhorts Israel to clap their hands and shout out songs to God. 

It seems as though Nehemiah had a contagious spirit, too, as h^ 
aroused the mood of the people after the building of the wall 
around the Holy City. Having enthusiasm can spare us from dis-, 
couragement and despair that seems to plague peoples' livesj 
today. 

Jesus is the ultimate example of enthusiasm... as He possessed) 
the fullness of the Spirit of God. His enthusiasm was never self 
motivated and never out of character. He was totally controlled* 
and never responded foolishly to the flesh. Enthusiasm in no way! 
means recklessness... rather it would show control by the Spirit. 
Christ's all-consuming desire was for the reputation of God to 
remain righteous and holy. 

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things of God. If you set your affections on things on this earth you 
will be disappointed and will be consumed by the lust of the flesh. 

The Apostle Paul was a man of enthusiasm. He was zealous in 
the traditions of his fathers before meeting Christ on the Damascus 
Road. He had advanced in Judaism far beyond most of his con- 
temporaries and he had a list of credentials unmatched by his 
peers. But after accepting Jesus into his life... he "counted as loss 
for the sake of Christ" all of the previously misplaced enthusiasm. 

Sometimes negative enthusiasm is a reality in our lives. In the 
life of Elijah, a man of deep feelings, we see misdirected 
enthusiasm. Shortly after a victorious encounter with the priests of 
Baal, he fled in fear from Jezebel. His zeal turned inward to self 
preservation and moodiness. 

Peter was zealous in his desire that Christ escape the cross but 
he was in opposition to God's perfect plan. Jesus selected a Zealot 
as one of His disciples. The Zealots were ultraconservative Jews 
who were committed to observing the law and overthrowing their 
Roman oppressors. That strong commitment and zeal was turned 
toward God's will by the touch of the Master's hand. 

James and John were called the "sons of thunder" perhaps 
because of an intensity that was displayed in their life style. When 
Jesus was opposed by some Samaritans, they wanted to destroy 
these rebels. Their enthusiasm was misdirected. 

Sometimes enthusiasm is not easy to attain. Someone who is 
"low-key" by nature finds visable excitement difficult. But when we 
really understand that enthusiasm is to be filled with God we begin 
to understand that it can be expressed even with the quiet spirit. 
Being fully involved is the key to this issue. 

God was enthused about Jesus. Three times in the New 
Testament, He said, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well 
pleased." 

I believe to be really godly is to be excited about the Christian 
walk. We need to be excited about what Jesus is doing for us. We 
need to be excited about our future. 

Do not look on those who are abundantly happy as shallow or 
superficial. Jesus had deep joy even in the midst of His sorrow. He 
could see beyond the cross to the glory beginning to descend upon 
Him. 

Remember, enthusiasm is catching. If you are enthusiastically 
involved in your Christian walk others will catch your fire and pass 
it on. There is never a shortage of bored and boring people... what 
the church needs is an infection of Spirit filled members. Whatever 
you do, do it heartily as unto the Lord (Col. 3:23) "IT IS GOOD TO 
BE ZEALOUSLY AFFECTED ALWAYS IN A GOOD THING" 

Brother Len Wertz 



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TRENDS 

As I opened my Bible the first verse I saw was I Corinthians 11:1, 
"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." To be true, we 
must be obedient. We must exercise faith in our unchanging God. 
"Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that 
antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; 
whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but 
they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt 
have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made 
manifest that they were not all of us. I John 18-19. 

Satan is very subtile. He is the enemy of the Church. He seeks to 
decline, cast down, destroy. What begins as a little wind can 
become a tornado. "... meddle not with them that are given to 
change:" Prov. 24:21. 

A youthful church worker told his minister "If you don't catch the 
Spirit of the age you will be an antique." The older man replied, "I 
am not here to catch the Spirit of the age, my responsibility is to 
correct it." When black cars and plain black hats are avoided or 
made light of it is an indication that the heart is moving the wrong 
way. The plain bonnet is almost gone, the prayer covering is losing 
its power. The first covering mentioned was when Rebecca took a 
veil and covered herself. Genesis 23:65. We are admonished not to 
forsake the traditions which ye have been taught. 

Worldliness and apostacy creep into the Church slowly but 
surely. Lace curtains and hard wood floors, luxurious shopping 
list, money spent for adult toys or recreation has become a normal 
part of life for many professed Christians. Jeremiah 2:36 is very 
pertinent today. "Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy 
way?..." God's remedy; stand in the way and see. Ask for the old 
paths where is the good way and walk therein. Ye shall find rest for 
your souls. 

When I was quite young I went to Church with my mother. They 
saluted with a holy kiss, put their arms around one another, 
inquired of their welfare. They loved one another. It made an 
impression on me that I will never forget. Parents train your 
children in the Commandments of the Lord. Worldly fashions, 
public education, and bad company will bring sorrow to your heart 
someday. 

We have a rich heritage. Let us not imagine that ail of a sudden 
we have a deeper understanding of the Scriptures than our fore- 
fathers. Let us stay alert to the dangers of the age we live in. 

Several years ago when great trouble came to God's people I was 
discouraged and sought a way of escape. The Lord spoke to me 
with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the 
way of this neoDle. Savina. "Say ye not a confedercy: neither fear 



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thou fear, let him be your head." This scripture was the turning 
point in my life, to turn to the faith of our fathers. 

One more thought. It takes a tight bucket to hold water, and it 
takes a tight organization to hold the Gospel. Pray for the Church. 
Be true to the one who died for you. Neither is there salvation in 
any other: for there is none other name under heaven... whereby we 
must be saved." Acts 4:12. 

Brother L. A. Shumake 
Louisa, VA 

ALL THE COUNSEL OF GOD 

In this day and age in which we are living there is much 
professing of Christianity. How many who have accepted true 
Christianity will stand the test for the blessed eternal reward? 

In the record of the saving Gospel, we see in the Apostle Paul's 
life that he was a brave and courageous Christian worker after he 
was converted. He went through many hardships. Nothing 
hindered him from going onward and forward in the spreading of 
the Gospel. 

Christ said to go therefore into all the world and preach the 
gospel teaching them to observe all things that He commanded. 
Christ, when speaking to the heavenly Father, said, "Not my will 
but thine be done." The Apostle Paul was much concerned that all 
the commands be obeyed and upheld. He said to the elders, "For I 
have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God." He 
said that he was free from the blood of all men. 

Today many professing Christians, including Church leaders, 
are satisfied with manmade theories that do not meet the approval 
of God. We are not to be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. It is the 
power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. Our works 
show and prove our belief. Many professing Christians including 
Church leaders have compromised with the great evils of the world 
and are failing to throw out the Gospel against them. 

We are to put on the whole armour of God so we can stand 
against the wiles of the devil. The Apostle Paul warned against 
false teachers. He was much concerned about the present Church 
and also about the future Church. It was proved by his instructions 
to Timothy when he said after his departure grievous wolves would 
enter in among them sparing not the flock and would try to lead 
away disciples after them. The Apostle Paul foretold the departure 
from the faith that would exist in the latter times. He emphasized 
the necessity of love that should exist to keep unity in the Church 
and to accept all the fruits of the Spirit. 

In the law of Moses children were to honour and obey their 



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parents. Christ renewed that command. The Apostle Paul re- 
minded us we shall obey this God given command. Children's 
disobedience to parents has contributed much to the departure 
from faith of the Gospel that was accepted by our faithful fore- 
parents. We need the faith that was once and for all delivered to the 
Saints. 

The Apostle Paul labored hard to strengthen the Church. He 
spoke, weeping, that some who claimed to be Christ's followers 
were, in reality, his enemies. 

Are we building on the sure foundation? Follow peace and 
holiness, for without it no man shall see God. 

Paul tells us of the woman's place in the Church. He says not to 
become hardened through the deceitfulness of sin and not to be 
spoiled through philosophy and vain deceit after the traditions of 
men. Whatsoever you do, do all to the honour and glory of God. 
Paul says some would pervert the Gospel of Christ. As a faithful 
soldier of the Cross of Christ, he forecasted future conditions. Are 
we fighting the good fight of faith. Salvation cannot be obtained on 
flowery beds of ease while others fought to win the prize and sailed 
through bloody seas. Today many professing Christians are 
victims of the sinful lusts of the flesh. True ministers of the Gospel 
will be obedient to it. Can we truly, like the Apostle Paul, say, I 
press onward and forward toward the mark of the prize of the high 
calling of God in Christ Jesus? 

The earth and its contents are perishable. Are we striving for the 
eternal riches of God. True Christians always went forward and 
never laid their armour down. Are we building on the solid rock 
Christ Jesus? Do we have the righteousness of God? Are we | 
among those who have established their own righteousness that 
does not meet the approval of God and will prove worthless when 
life in this world is past? 

The way apostasy has been sweeping over the Churches in our 
time, what is in store for the rising generation? The Apostle Paul 
was very much interested that the Churches be kept clean. What 
we need is more Church leaders who will throw out the Gospel 
warning against the evil ways of life and cause many to turn to the | 
way of truth and righteousness that leads to the crown of righteous- 
ness that the Apostle Paul looked forward to. 

It may be well for us to meditate on the great work the Apostle 
Paul did in the spreading of the Gospel to others and the up- 
building of the Church. Christ said to those of His own, "I go to 
prepare a place for you... that where I am, there ye may be also." 
Paul says, "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteous- 
ness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: 
and not to be only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." 



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Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. Have we 

accepted all the counsel of God? 

Brother J. F. Marks 
804 W. Sundial Loop 
Plant City, FL 33566 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

September 15, 1926 

SUBJECT: THE CHRIST LIFE 

Reuben Shroyer 

Life in its foundation facts, 
God is the author of life. 

This is a very familiar fact. In the beginning God created man in 
his own image, in his own likeness made he man. The evolutionist 
however make us believe such was not the case. Man was in 
process of development from some form of animal life, until he 
attained to the high standard of intelligence he now possesses. 
Well sir, if that theory is correct, then sure there was no Adam and 
no Eve. Hence no fall, and no redeemer, and the whole system of 
man's redemption is a farce. The holy scriptures however teach 
that man was made man from the beginning, and that he fell and 
that God provided for him a savior, a redeemer and that he is 
destined to life eternally in bliss, or in despair. 

Life in its possibilities should be seriously considered. The 
possibilities of our life lie in our growth and our attainments. We 
are bidden, grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. It has 
been said that we can grow in grace because grace is alive as a 
graft will grow in a living stock. There are three stages of growth. 
Our faith should grow exceedingly. Then our knowledge should 
grow. It's possible to know more of God's Word each day. Then 
too, we should grow to the full stature of manhood and woman- 
hood in Christ Jesus. Our possibilities of growth are large. The 
righteous shall grow, shall flourish like the palm tree, he shall grow 
like a cedar in Lebanon. Then, too, our growth should be such as 
to grow and ripen fruit. The tree is planted for fruit. 

A mighty power of our life is courage. Christ is the great teacher 
of courage. Life calls for courage, in its circumstances, of enter- 
prise and adventure. All conditions of life call for it. The child to 
walk to talk must exercise courage. The man in business must 
have courage if he would succeed. In social life it's needed. In 
church life especially do we need courage. We need it to obey 
God's law. John says little children "abide in him, that when he 
shall appear we may have courage." Abide means to continue, not 



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let go. 

Results of courage, character is formed. We refer the reader to 
Caleb, Joshua, Moses, how that by courage victory was gained. 
The children of Israel of the Red Sea, the woman who touched the 
hem of Jesus' garment. Blind Bartemius and many others. "Have 
courage my boy to say, 'no'," was a sentence we used to sing. Oh 
were it heeded, how much better would it be for the boys. 

Jesus lived the model life worthy to model after. He was 
perfection personified. He set a fine example of life. He has 
become the way, the truth, the life. His life was the light of men. He 
came that we might have life and that more abundantly. He has 
said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me, 
though he were dead, yet shall he live." He became the first fruits 
of them that slept. Hear him say because I live ye shall live also. 
Paul said, "for me to live is Christ, to die is gain." Paul certainly had 
a proper conception or idea of life. He had a real purpose in living. 
He lived for Christ. He lifted him up, he followed Christ in the way, 
was not ashamed of him nor his word. He kept that faith Jesus 
brought from heaven by authority of the father. He (Paul) realized 
there was no other name given among men by which we can be 
saved, hence exalted Christ in his life. 

"Life is real, life earnest and the grave is not 
its goal, dust thou art to dust returneth was 
not written of the Soul." (Longfellow) 
Life is short at the longest, but it is long enough to take the right 
direction. And direction is the main fact about our life. Yes, the 
future may be short. John the Baptist's future was short, Jesus had 
a longer career, it was short, all life is short when looking for the 
complaint, that the night is short when looking for the dawn, nor 
that the winter is short if we are eager for the spring. By all means 
we should live such lives that when we are called to give an account 
of our work that the master can say to us, well done enter into the 
joys of thy Lord. 

IS IT TIME TO RECOUNT THE COST? 

Luke 14:27-28 "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and 
come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending 
to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, 
whether he have sufficient to finish it?" 

From these verses come the famous saying of Alexander Mack. 
"Christ Jesus says, 'Count well the cost when you lay the foun- 
dation.' Are you resolved, though all seems lost, to risk your 
reputation, yourself, your wealth, for Christ the Lord as you now 
give your solemn word?" When this individual recognized as a 
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severe persecution. Today there are various Brethren bodies 
which trace their beginning back to Alexander Mack but we know 
of none who are in danger of persecution. Does this mean, 
therefore, that the words he spoke (taken from holy scripture) have 
no valid use in our present age? It is our conviction that there is a 
greater need today than in the time of Alexander Mack for Brethren 
to "count the cost." 

First of all Brother Alexander Mack asks us if we are resolved, 
though all seems lost. The vast majority of Brethren groups and 
individuals are ashamed to be "Brethren." Though they use the 
name they have long ago discarded any outward type of identi- 
fication. While there is definite danger in "church rules" that put a 
burden on individuals beyond the demands of holy scripture, a lack 
of guidelines has resulted in the complete abandoning of scriptural 
truths. 

Next Brother Alexander asks if we are willing to risk our 
reputation. To hear some individuals speak you would believe that 
Jesus Christ and the Apostles were the most popular people of 
their time. (We are, of course, speaking of the time Christ spent on 
earth in an earthly body and recognize that as God he is timeless.) 
But the fact is the majority of the people rejected both Jesus Christ 
and the Apostles after the day of Pentecost. The state rulers (for 
the most part) feared that they would start an insurrection. But 
even greater than the fear of the rulers of the land was the hatred of 
the RELIGIOUS leaders! Although it was God's plan from the 
foundation of the earth for Christ to die for our sins, humanly 
speaking, it was the religious leaders who had him put to death. It 
was also the religious leaders who most strongly opposed the 
efforts of the Apostles. But all too often modern Brethren have 
compromised scriptural truth so they will not be different from 
other Christian groups. (We will allow God to decide who is 
Christian and who is not.) All too many have joined the band- 
wagon of joining politics and Christianity. Instead of being the 
persecuted they wish to "persecute" others into following moral 
laws. The law of the land should include good moral laws but the 
Church is to provide a greater "law" which is followed by the free 
will, God has given man, because he or she loves the Lord and 
desires to please Him. 

Next Alexander Mack asks if we are willing to risk ourself. These 
forefathers believed in Biblical nonresistance. Political pacifism 
has almost caused this truth to be lost. But, unfortunately, even 
among those Brethren who profess to believe this doctrine, it is 
largely lost. It is very interesting that immediately following the 
"count the cost" verses, Jesus Christ speaks about a king who 
makes war on another king. Brother Alexander and his followers 



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realized that Jesus Christ said, "My kingdom is not of this world; if 
my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I 
should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not 
from hence." John 18:36. Jesus Christ never asked the worldly 
kingdoms to lay down their arms! But the New Testament is filled 
with instructions for the saved individuals to "lay down their arms." 
For most going to war is no problem. It is when an individual is 
asked to count the cost of giving up his life in a personal situation 
that often brings a reluctance. 

In the same line of thought, Brother Alexander asks us if we are 
willing to give up our wealth. All too many have allowed "funda- 
mentalists" to confuse them with such verses as Matthew 12:29, 
"Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his 
goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil 
his house." and Matthew 24:43, "But know this, that if the goodman 
of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he 
would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be 
broken up." It is strange that many are willing to count the cost and 
bear reproach for a man made rule (which may be good in itself) 
but are unwilling to suffer to follow the teachings of the Lord Jesus 
Christ. In both of the above verses Christ is clearly using a worldly 
example to give a spiritual truth, as he did concerning the king 
going to war mentioned earlier. If pressed some will acknowledge 
the need to give up goods but will draw the line at wife and family. 
But Luke 14:26 includes these in counting the cost! 

Alexander Mack is not our example, but the Lord Jesus Christ is. 
It is only where the early Brethren followed holy scripture that we 
can follow them. But all too often we look for loopholes when it 
comes to REALLY counting the cost. Are we really willing to 
surrender all for the Lord Jesus Christ? It is so easy to talk 
"spiritually" but hard to count the cost. If you are unsaved we invite 
you to count the cost and follow the Lord's invitation to come unto 
Him. The cost of not following is much greater. It is eternity in 
Hell. 

James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

Don't drown the man who taught you to swim. 
Don't put on a dry shirt until you are out of the water. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

The Lord willing, the West Fulton Congregation will be having 
two weeks of revival meeting, Oct. 5 - Oct. 19 with Elder Hayes 
Reed as evangelist. The meetings will close with a Lovefeast on 
Saturday, Oct. 18. Come and worship with us. 

Sis. Dianne Heisey, Cor. 



A NOTE OF THANKS 

A special "Thank You" for the sympathy extended to us in the 
death of our son. May God reward your kindness. 

Wesley and Ruth Speicher 
P.O. Box 261 
Phillipsburg, OH 45354 



ANNOUNCEMENT 

Sis. Irene Stout of Wabash, Indiana, whose poems have ap- 
peared in the Bible Monitor, has collected a number of her poems 
on the subject of prayer into a booklet. This booklet is entitled 
"Tree of Life - Poems and Prayers." This booklet is especially 
designed for the elderly and weak, although the poems are bene- 
ficial for all. The booklets are priced at $1.95 (postpaid). Any profit 
from the sale of these booklets will be given to the Church. 

Booklets may be obtained from the Editor: Milton Cook 

1138 E. 12th Street 
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THREE THINGS THAT WE KNOW 

|WE KNOW THAT all things work together for good to them that 

love God. Romans 8:28. 
WE KNOW THAT if our earthly house of this tabernacle were 

dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with 

hands, eternal in the heavens. II Corinthians 5:1. 
WE KNOW THAT, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, 

for we shall see Him as He is. I John 3:2. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
OCTOBER 1986 

October 5 - The Law a Shadow - Hebrews 10:1-18. 

1. How does the shadow get its image? 

2. Did the Law have power to take away sin? 

October 12 - A New and Living Way - Hebrews 10:19-29. 

1. Under the Law who was permitted to enter the Holy Place? 

2. How under the Christ may we enter the new and living way? 

October 19 - Vengeance Belongs to God - Hebrews 10:30-39. 

1. What was the sin they were guilty of whom judgment was 
promised? 

2. Is there any appeal or escape from the promised judgment? 

October 26- A Godly Faith - Hebrews 11:1-12. 

1. What is Faith? and how do we come into that faith? 

2. Was it important that Paul made mention of the heroes of 
faith? 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR OCTOBER 1986 

October 5 - Conscience - Romans 13:1-5, Heb. 9:14-15, Acts 
24:14-16, I Pet. 2:19-25, Jos. 1:9. 

1. Is our conscience always a safe guide to go by? I Tim. 4:2. 

2. How may we have a good conscience? I Pet. 3:16. 

October 12 -The Ten Lepers- Luke 17:11-19. 

1. What is leprosy? and what is it a type of? 

2. What did the lepers do to get Jesus' attention? and what must 
we do to get His attention? 

October 19 - The Pharisees and Publican - Luke 18:9-17. 

1. What was different in the Pharisees' prayer? and what was 
wrong with it? 

2. Do we have anything good to bring when we pray unto Him? 

October 26 - Delusions - Gen. 3:1-7, Luke 6:49, James 1:1-27. 

1. What is a delusion? 

2. What was the rich man's delusion in Luke 12:19? 



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VOL. LXIV OCTOBER 1, 1986 NO. 19 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



NAILS, WORDS AND DEEDS 

Oh, Nails are not so very big — 
Yet they pinned Christ to the Cross, 

The words He said while hanging there 
Saved the thief from being lost. 

Now, there's little deeds we can do 
And little words can be said 

To lead someone to the Saviour 
Hoping their souls will be fed. 

There are so many little things — 
Their worth is far beyond price, 

Our life can be an example — 
Leading others unto Christ. 

So many little things we do 
Can leave a good impression 

On someone watching how we live — 
Saving souls from transgression. 



- Sister Irene Stout 
R. 1 Box 160, Wabash, IN 46992 



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SHE HATH DONE WHAT SHE COULD 

Sometimes, a simple act has deep significance. The value of the 
act exceeds the act itself. We may remember some seemingly 
insignificant event but fail to remember some greater event that | 
happened at the same time. We may remember an illustration or 1 
anecdote given as part of a sermon but forget everything else about jj 
it. 

Jesus never forgot deeds that were done for Him. He especially 
commended the one who anointed Him before His death. In fact, 
He not only remembered but said that as long as the Word of God 
was read by men, they could learn of this deed. It is recorded in . 
three of the four Gospels, so it is significant. Many events that ' 
occurred during Jesus' ministry were not recorded at all or only in 
one Gospel. 

What was this highly praised deed? She anointed Him with 
ointment. She, who wished to sit at His feet and hear the Words of 
eternal life, while others were troubled with worldly, temporal 
affairs, was willing to anoint His head and His feet and to pay 
homage to Him. 

How often do we pay homage to the dead after they have passed 
from this scene and can no longer enjoy these little deeds of 
kindness? Certainly respect should be shown to the now vacant 
tabernacle, but how often a deed done before would have been 
enjoyed. Mary, with more perception than His Apostles, was 
showing her love and worship before His death. Nicodemus and 
Joseph of Arimithea showed their respect afterward. 

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her possessions this alabaster box was most dear to her. It was an 
heirloom. It had been in the family for generations. It had been 
cared for gently and tenderly so none of its fragile parts would be 
broken. It had been entrusted to her care by an older relative. She 
had been reminded how it had been preserved these many years 
and passed down. She should be very careful with it so she too 
could pass it on to future generations. It held precious memories 
of loved ones gone on. Its sentimental value made it dear to her. 

The ointment inside the alabaster box was costly. It was worth 
three hundred pence. That was not a trifling amount among 
common people. It would have been a sum great enough to help 
the poor. 

This was the best she had, though it may not have been a match 
for the possessions of a Joseph of Arimethea. The important thing 
was that she was willing to give what was so dear to her. For the 
spikenard to be released and made useful, the alabaster box had to 
be broken. There would be no possibility of ever putting it back 
together again. It was a total surrender of what was important to 
her that she might anoint Jesus. 

When some found fault with her, Jesus defended and com- 
mended her. Whatever good is done for Jesus is never a waste, 
although it may not seem sensible to the human, materialistic 
mind. Jesus was pleased with what she had done and commended 
her for doing what she could. Likewise, He had earlier commended 
the widow for the two mites that she gave into the treasury. It was 
sacrificial giving for these women. But they had been willing to 
give and to not regret it. Both were commended by Jesus though 
others would have criticized them for wastefulness or smallness. 
God has never asked anyone to do or to give what was beyond their 
power to do. 

Doing what we can do is far more commendable than not doing 
anything. We all would like to give a great sum of money or 
accomplish some great God-honoring task, but we may not be able 
to. If we did, we might end up taking glory for ourselves away from 
God. 

Like Mary we must be willing to do what we can. We must be 
willing to give up worldly possessions that are dear to us. There 
may be any number of things that seem too valuable for us to 
"waste" as Mary did. It may be an heirloom, an honor, our family or 
anything else that seems too hard to give up. Willingness to give 
them up is the prime need. We will receive back something of even 
greater value, for the knowledge of doing right becomes a reward 
within itself. 

We each have some talent or gift that we can give, whether we 
are blessed with great or little. Each of us has an alabaster box, 



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costly and precious in our sight. 

Have you done what you could? Have you broken your alabaster 
box? 

LIMITED LOVE 

Love itself is boundless. It places no limits on compassion, 
kindness, and so forth. But love that is genuine, love that comes 
from God for others, does have limits. It recognizes boundaries, 
and keeps us from hurting others. Love for Christ keeps us from 
being a reproach to His cause. Love for our friends keeps us from 
doing things which would hurt them. It is true that we can't stop 
doing everything just because someone might be displeased, but 
the general principles of Christian living, directed by a loving spirit, 
do set limits beyond which we won't go. 

Perhaps it would be more correct to say we are limited by our 
love for others, but however we think of it, love is a limiting force. It 
keeps us from an "I intend to do as I please" attitude. Because of 
our love for our neighbor, we pick the apples on our side of the 
fence, but not on his. We respect his other property also, and take 
special care of any item we might borrow. Love prompts us to 
return borrowed items as soon as possible, so our neighbor doesn't 
have to come after his things. 

Jesus said, 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, 
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind... and thy neighbor as 
thyself." Matt. 22:37-39. It we don't love and respect our neighbor 
and his personal property, we evidently don't care much about 
ourselves either. Our attention is focused on the present moment 
only and whatever we can grab for ourselves, without any concern 
for how our lives affect others. Love helps us evaluate our lives in 
the light of God's Word and keeps our attention focused on eternal 
values, not on the trivial things in life. 

The preceding statement by Jesus places another limit on love. 
This limit is that we shall love God more than we love anyone else. 
Whether it be love for self, for a family member or a friend, this love 
must be limited or within boundaries, and our devotion to God 
must be first. God cannot be shoved aside and ignored, while we 
put someone else on the throne in our lives. Our love for God limits 
us to putting His will first and setting our own will aside. 

Sometimes personal possessions can get between us and God, 
or maybe a career or some other matter. Again, if we truly love God 
and recognize our limits, we will in time set aside our personal 
wishes and live within His will for us. We all have things we'd like to 
do, or have, and places we'd like to go, but each one needs careful 
consideration. The question is — am I seeking only to please 
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This question requires a personal answer. Our parents, friends 
or fellow-Christians are unable to answer for us. Our answer will 
be determined by several factors but the overruling one is our love 
for God. Putting our hearts, souls and minds into loving Him keeps 
our love for ourselves and others in the proper bounds. This 
boundary keeps our attention focused on the Lord and it also 
keeps our energy focused on worthwhile matters. 

Without boundaries or limits, our love for ourselves would soon 
run wild just as animals who have no fenced range. We would just 
be "kicking up our heels", and enjoying life, with no concern about 
what's ahead. God loves us and wants us to be happy, but He also 
wants what is best for us spiritually. His love sets limits; it does not 
turn us loose to do as we please. God knows best, and we would be 
Iwise to live within His limits. 

"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, 
and things wherewith we may edify one another." Rom. 14:19. Love 
ilimits us to a life of unselfishness, and peacefulness. This doesn't 
mean giving in to everyone's whims in order to keep peace, but it 
does mean to edify and uplift each other. Jesus said, "If ye love me, 
keep my commandments." John 14:15. This means we are limited 
by love to a life of obedience to God. There are other limits on 
iwhat, whom, and how much we can love besides the ones 
mentioned. Think on them and recognize these Godly limits in 
your life. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

The kind of person God wants me to be... WISE 

Wise from the Biblical point of view is defined as responding to 
life from God's point of view. This wisdom is practical and not 
"theoretical. It is not related to your IQ but to your openness to 
God. In fact, it is not even pursued in a philosophical way. 

The Greek and Hebrew understanding of wisdom has always 
been very different from each other. To the Greek, wisdom came 
from discussing ideas. To the Hebrew, it was understood to be 
from a dynamic God. The Hebrew learned about God from His 
everyday activity. There was no philosophical argument for His 
existence. 

If wisdom is responding to life from God's point of view, then we 

need to know what His point of view is. God is the total source of 

wisdom and He reveals it to those who are humble enough to see 

|Him. In James 3:17, we learn that it is a gift from above. 

1 Many men of the Bible were wise because God gave them 

[•wisdom. Solomon and Daniel are classic examples here. They 



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feared the Lord and Psalms 1 1 1 tells us that "the fear of the Lord Is 
the beginning of wisdom." 

God reveals himself in the written and Living Word. ALL of 
God's works reveal His wisdom but the Cross is the most profound 
demonstration of it. The Cross revealed God's love and justice and 
it revealed the amazing plan of God for the reconciliation of the 
human race. 

To see life only on the human plane is folly. To be a fool in the 
Biblical sense is to cut yourself off from God. To call a person "a 
fool" brings God's judgment because it is the same as cursing him. 
The "wise" of this world who refuse God's revelation through Jesus 
are actually fools in God's eyes. "Has not God made foolish the 
wisdom of the world?" I Cor. 1:20. Human wisdom does not lead 
man to truth or enable him to live wisely. Socrates, the Greek I 
philosopher said, "Where reason leads, there we must go." 
Contrast that with Daniel who stated in Dan. 2:20, "Blessed be the 
name of God for ever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might." 

Joseph learned through suffering to respond to life from God's 
point of view. God is more concerned with how we face life's 
issues than what we face. If we learn to respond properly to what 
life gives us, we will become Christlike by having everything go our 
own way. We are able to grow best when working against 
resistance. Even our muscles work in this same way. 

Daniel had a similar response to life. He feared God more than 
human opposition and God honored him for his faith. God STILL 
honors men who are wise and respond to Him in a humble and 
positive manner. We need to be about our Father's business. 

Contrast these men to Eve. She was intrigued by the chance to 
become wise... but this was not godly wisdom she was seeking. 
She accepted Satan's advice and disobeyed God's will. Man makes 
the same foolish decisions today. This seems inherent in our 
humanistic world which rejects God. Human wisdom fails because 
it avoids God. There is no alternative. Either you respond to life 
from God's point of view and show wisdom or you are condemned 
by following the world's perspective. 

Although we can not call a man a fool, when God calls a man by 
this title, he deserves it. The rich man in Jesus' parable was so 
blinded by his possessions that he left God out of his plans. He 
showed a lack of wisdom in that he tried to hold on to what he 
could not keep and let go of what he could not use! 

If you are learning to respond to life the way God wants you to, 
you are gaining wisdom. If you are asking God for wisdom (James 
1:5) you will follow His precepts in reaching that lofty goal. But, if 
you are a part of the "Now Generation" or the "angry generation" 
which we read so much about today, your life is being lived in vain. 



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In reality, wisdom seldom comes from youth. Wisdom comes 
with experience, age and humility in a Spirit led person. We need 
the older members who have experienced many of the things youth 
will experience in the future to draw from. We can eliminate many 
problems from our lives, as younger individuals, if we learn to 
LISTEN to those who have experienced the problems we will face. 
Ironically, some older people today are afraid of age. Could it be 
that they are also afraid of wisdom? 

We live in a secular, humanistic society. It is a proud and 
irreverent generation. People live as if history just recently begun. 
Science would have us to believe that we have arrived because of 
our great advancements in that field. Have we? No! People cannot 
cope with everyday life. They have conquered outer space but 
their "inner space" is still a wilderness of confusion. They have 
shut out God... that only source of wisdom. 

Don't be squeezed into the humanistic, secular mold. Be 
transformed by a renewed mind in Christ Jesus. Live in the wisdom 
of a risen Savior and reject today's philosophies. Respond to all of 
life from God's point of view. 

Brother Len Wertz 

"TWO WAYS" 

"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end 
thereof are the ways of death." Prov. 14:12. 

The Bible is the inspired Word of God. God's plan of salvation 
for man. Unfortunately man has another way that seemeth good to 
him. He reasons that if we are saved by grace, why can't I just say 
grace and be saved? I'll raise my hand at church and pray with the 
preacher, ask God to forgive me and cleanse my life from sin. This 
may seem good but if we read the Word it will tell us to work out our 
own salvation. Phil. 2:12, which simply means, obey. Do what 
Jesus tells us to do to be saved. "By works, faith is made perfect." 
James 2:22. 

We are descendants of Adam and because of one man's dis- 
obedience we are made sinners. Romans 5:19. 

This is why Jesus said, "Verily, verily I say unto thee, except a 
man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God." John 3:3. 
We need to be born again into the family of God. Where by the 
obedience of one shall many be made righteous." Romans 5:19. 

If we cannot see the kingdom of God, why don't we read the word 
so that we may know how to be born again? Because He makes us 
responsible. 

He certainly doesn't mean for us to sit down and order the Lord 
to take care of everything for us. As long as He is my Saviour it 



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would seem more fitting that I should follow His instructions rather 
than Him following mine. 

He tells us exactly where we stand and what to do to be saved. 
"All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23. 
"... the soul that sinneth, it shall die." Ezek. 18:4. Until we have died 
we are not dead to sin and alive unto God, even if we have asked 
God to forgive. 

If we are not dead to sin we will continue to be convicted of sin 
again and again. 

Christ died for us but in order for that death to apply to you and I 
we must come to God in the name of Jesus Christ because He is 
the One who died. That is why Jesus commanded the disciples to 
go "teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and 
of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." Matt. 28:19. He says "He that 
believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not 
shall be damned." Mark 16:16. 

When I am baptized in another name, I am denying myself and 
becoming a new person in Christ Jesus. This is the new birth Jesus 
commanded of us before we can see the Kingdom of God. 

"Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus 
Christ were baptized into His death?" Romans 6:3. This is taking 
up the cross because in His name I am dead to sin, because He 
died. Romans 6:11. 

I am sorry that there are some who are ignorant. They resist the 
truth and spoil baptismal services, by teaching those that are being 
baptized that they are already saved, and that baptism in the name 
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost doesn't save, 
because it is just a symbol. 

These are false teachings that deny the power of God and serve 
only to confuse well meaning people. Many people go for this, just 
like I did before the truth was revealed to me. If the only way for 
man to be saved was for Christ to die on the cross, only the devil 
would have us think we get saved without being baptized into that 
death. 

We get a beautiful picture of God's way of salvation, when Noah 
and his family entered the Ark and were brought out of the old 
world into the new. This was a figure of baptism into Jesus' name 
which brings us out of the old life into the new. 

"Even baptism doth also now save us." I Peter 3:21. 

Humanist teachers would have old Noah pray through from the 
old world into the new, and then enter the Ark after the flood. 
Otherwise, it would not be figurative to their idea of getting saved 
first before being baptized in Jesus' name. 

Did you ever hear anyone say that a prayer or raising a hand at 
church doesn't save? Man wouldn't dishonor his own idea or his 



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own way. It's God's way that he dishonors because of his blind- 
ness; he sees only natural water in baptism that doesn't save, rather 
than the Father, Son and Holy Ghost which does save. When the 
Spirit of God is in it, the water becomes a living water. "The Spirit 
and the water and the blood: and these three agree in one." 
John 5:8. 

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; 
for they are foolishness unto him. Neither can he know them 
because they are spiritually decerned." I Cor. 2:14. 

In the early church those who wanted to be saved were told to: 
"... repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus 
Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the 
Holy Ghost. For the Promise is unto you and to your children, and 
to all that are afar off...." Acts 2:38-39. 

Who are we that think we can take a short cut and be saved upon 
demand while disregarding what the Lord has told us to do to be 
saved? 

There is nothing wrong in prayer, but how can we believe prayer 
will save us if we can't believe the Lord Himself when He has 
promised us salvation if we believe and get baptized in His name? 
We don't really believe, do we? Those who know the truth and 
believe don't go around saying that baptism in Jesus' name doesn't 
save because that is denying the power of God and dishonoring 
our Lord and Saviour. 

We need to believe and trust Him and Praise Him for a wonderful 
Plan of Salvation. 

We must teach the truth and pray with young converts, but God 
forbid that I should deceive anyone by teaching salvation by prayer 
without being baptized in Jesus' name. 

The way of the Cross is the only way. If it isn't then Christ died in 
vain. 

Men's way of getting saved through prayer has man's promise of 
salvation. 

God's way of the cross, by being baptized into His death, 
(Romans 6:3) has God's promise of salvation. 

"The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness: 
but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God." I Cor. 1:18. 

My prayer is for those who have taken man's way, that by the 
power of God they may break the humanistic or vain religious 
bondage and claim God's promise of salvation by believing and 
being baptized in Jesus' name for the remission of their sins. 

They will not only enjoy having their past sins under the blood, 
but will enjoy no condemnation in the future, because "we are 
sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ, once for 
all." Heb. 10:10. 



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"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin: for His seed 
remaineth in him and he cannot sin: because he is born of God." 
John 3:9. 

This doesn't mean we don't have our faults. We have them as 
long as we have our natural bodies. Confess your faults one to 
another. James 5:17. But in Christ we are dead to sin. "Blessed is 
the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin." Romans 4:8. 

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in 
Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit." 
Romans 8:1. Isn't that wonderful? Thank you, Jesus! 

Looking at baptism through the natural eye we have: 

1. Water that can't wash away sins. 

2. A symbol that doesn't save. 

3. It isn't the new birth. 

4. You can get baptized four times and it will not do you any 
good. 

5. It is something you will want to do after you are saved. The 
Lord only knows why. 

Looking through the Spiritual eye you see baptism as the master 
key to salvation, whereby we can work out our own salvation. 
Phil. 2:12. 
This is what baptism is and what we receive from it: 

1. A Father, Son and Holy Ghost baptism. Matt. 3:11, 28:19. 

2. Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38. 

3. For the remission of sins. Acts 2:38. 

4. Washing away our sins. Acts 22:16. 

5. Saving yourselves from the untoward generation. Acts 2:40. 

6. The new birth born of the water and of the Spirit into the 
kingdom of God. John 3:5. 

7. Adds us to the Church. Acts 2:41. 

8. Self denial. Matt. 16:24-25. 

9. Putting on Christ. Gal. 3:27. 

10. Taking up the Cross. Romans 6:3, Matt. 16:24. 

11. Dying to sin. Romans 6:7, 8:10. 

12. Joint heirs with Christ. Romans 8:17. 

13. The washing of regeneration. Titus 3:5. 

14. Putting on the whole armor of God. Eph. 6:11,13. 

15. Confessing with the mouth and believing unto righteousness. 
Romans 10:9-10. 

16. Faith made perfect by works. James 2:22, I Peter 1:22. 

17. The key to the Kingdom of God. Matt. 16:19. 

18. Fulfilling the law. Matt. 5:17, Romans 10:4. 



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19. "Baptism doth also now save us", and gives us a good 

conscience toward God. I Peter 3:21. 
"How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?" Heb. 2:3. 

Bro. Isaac Stoll 
5631 Bean Road 
Allen, Ml 49227 



SIXTY YEARS AGO 

October 1, 1926 

HAVING AND NOT HAVING 

J. F. Britton 

Having and not having is a compound proposition, and virtually 
introduces the possibility of folks being in the church and having 
their names on the church book, and claiming and professing to be 
Christians, and at the same time, have no evidence that they have 
ever passed from death unto life, neither have they received the 
blessedness of the Holy Spirit. In the 12th chapter of I Cor. the 
Apostle Paul had under consideration, spiritual gifts and various 
abilities that function in the Christian church, but all are controlled 
and work in unison under the same administration. Then he takes 
the human body, as an object lesson to illustrate the Body of Christ 
(the Church) and as the human body has many members, so has 
the Body of Christ many factors that function in the church, 
through human agency, but all directed by the Holy Spirit in the 
execution of God's ordained purpose of the church. At the close of 
the chapter, Paul urges us to, "Covet the best gifts." And then says, 
"And yet show I unto you a more excellent way." And in the 13th 
chapter Paul proceeds to unfold and present, "The more excellent 
way." In all of its majestic splendor and crowning glory, that 
centers in the one great supreme qualification love. In the first 
three verses, Paul designates and mentions, "Five thoughs", and 
"Three havenots." We will consider the first though. "Though I 
speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I 
am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal." A man may 
possess literary abilities, and be gifted in tongues and able in 
oratorical powers, yet if he lacks the one supreme qualification, 
love, he is only a blaring boaster in the sight of God. We will now 
consider the second and third "Thoughs" in the second verse. 
"And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all 
mysteries, and all knowledge: and though I have all faith, so that I 
could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing." 
Suppose man could soar away and explore the mystic realms of 
philosophy, and return with a solution through science, and an 



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unlimited faith, and not be characterized by love. He only goes to 
the dump as refuse. We now come to the fourth and fifth "thoughs" 
in the third verse. "And though I bestow all my goods to feed the 
poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love it 
profited me nothing." Even though a man should be liberal with his 
possessions and benevolent, and even sacrifice his life for the 
welfare of humanity, and not inspired and actuated by love, he fails, 
falls and is rejected. Hence it is very apparent that the "more 
excellent way", that Paul has under consideration, is the "way of 
love", which is God's way. It is love that brought Jesus into this old 
world of sin, that we might have life, and that we "might have it 
more abundantly." It is love, and only love that will bring poor lost, 
and helpless sinners to Jesus Christ, the fountain of life. No 
wonder Jesus said, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, 
have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast 
out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And 
then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me ye 
that work iniquity." Matt. 7:22-23. There is evidently something 
seriously and radically wrong with the work of those church 
workers. Why? Their service does not meet the approval, and will 
be denounced by our Lord. The outstanding and supreme 
evidence is that their work is not qualified by love. 

Love is the fountain whence, 

All true obedience flows: 

The Christian serves the God he loves, 

And loves the God he knows. 

May love — that shining grace 

O'er all my powers preside; 

Direct my thoughts, suggest my words 

And ev'ry action guide. 

Oh, it was love, 'twas wonderous love, 

The love of God to me; 

It brought my Saviour from above, 

To die on Calvary. 
Jesus could very appropriately say, "I am the way, the truth, and 
the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6. 
And Jesus' way was God's way, and God's way, was the way of 
love. "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is 
that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, 
and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith 
unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself 
unto us and not unto the world. Jesus answered and said unto him, 
If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love 
him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him." 
John 14:21-23. These scriptures have a very vital bearing and 
function in our subject of "Having and Not Having." Folks may 



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have a fine reputation in tne church, and be noted for their 
liberalities and activities in the church but unless there is that living 
and abiding union in fellowship and relationship with God, through 
Christ and the Holy Ghost they will not have a title to those 
"mansions" that Jesus is preparing for his people. "And unto the 
angel of the church in Sardas write: These things saith he that hath 
the seven stars: I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou 
livest, and art dead." Rev. 3:1. In Weymouth's Translation, this text 
reads as follows: "These are the words of Him who has the seven 
spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your doings, you are 
supposed to be alive, but in reality you are dead." An awful sad 
arraignment against a Christian church. The Sardis church had a 
name, but their spirituality and vital piety had departed. And in the 
same sense that the Church in Sardis was dead, the writer is 
wondering if the Church of the Brethren has not just about reached 
the same lamentable and deplorable condition? At least there 
seems to be grave reasons to think so. For the questions are 
vibrating and echoing everywhere what is to be done? And what is 
the remedy. The writer believes the remedy and the restoration of 
the church is given in the second and third verses, "Be watchful, 
and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I 
have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore 
how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If 
therefore thou shall not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and 
thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." 

Brethren and Sisters in the Lord, will we arise through grace 
divine to the sacred task that is fraught with stupendous responsi- 
bilities and consequences, that is confronting us? Eternity alone 
will reveal the results of our attitude and actions at this time, when 
every ounce of energy and even the life blood of the church is 
being contested and challenged to the utmost. As a challenge to 
Peter's love, "Jesus saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of 
Jonas, loveth thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto 
him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord 
thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith 
unto him, Feed my sheep." John 21:17. 

Brethren can we look Jesus in the face, and say, 'Lord, thou 
knowest all things, thou knowest I love thee?" Jesus said "Where- 
fore by their fruits ye shall know them." Matt. 7:20. "A charge to 
keep I have, a Lord to glorify, A never dying soul to save, And fit it 
for the sky." "And so there remains faith, hope, love — these three: 
but of the greatest is love." "For God is love." 

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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Offers Eternal Life 
J. H. Moore 

Jesus not only saves us from our sins, but he offers eternal life to 
all those who believe on him. Hear this statement: "He that 
believeth on me hath eternal life" (John 6:47). Another statement: 
"He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath 
everlasting life" (John 5:24). At this point we may again quote John 
3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten 
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have 
everlasting life." Here we have salvation from sin, and the promise 
of life eternal as well. No greater gift could be offered to man, for 
nothing is so desirable, and so highly valued as life, and especially 
is this true as it applies to the life that is beyond, — the life of the 
future, — everlasting life. This is what Jesus offers to every man 
and woman of the race, who will, in faith and obedience, to accept 
him as their Savior. 



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MARRIAGE 

CHUPP-SWEITZER 

Bro. Donald Chupp, son of Bro. Alvin and Sis. Mary Ellen Chupp 
and Sis. Mabel Sweitzer, daughter of Bro. Clifton and Sis. Valeria 
Sweitzer were united together in the eyes of God and His family on 
May 31, 1986, at Elizabethtown College. Bro. Don and Sis. Mabel 
reside at Rt. 1 Box 221-A, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063. 

NEWS ITEMS 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

The Lord willing, a ten day Revival Meeting will be held at the 
Goshen Congregation beginning October 24. Bro. Henry Walker 
will be the speaker. Communion services will be held November 1. 
All are welcome to come and worship with us during these 
services. Please remember these meetings in prayer. 

Sister Sharon Swihart, Cor. 
ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

If the Lord wills, the Englewood Congregation will engage in a 
Lovefeast celebration, Saturday, October 25. Services will begin at 
10:00 A.M. with Lovefeast proper at 7:00 P.M. 

We welcome all to spend Saturday and Sunday with us. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Congregation will have a Harvest Meeting, October 
26, 1 986, the Lord willing. Bro. Edward Johnson plans to be with us 
to bring the message. 

We extend an invitation to one and all to spend the day with us. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

Come and worship with us at Lititz. There will be a two week 
revival from November 3 through 16. Bro. Robert Carpenter from 
Peru, Indiana plans to be with us. 

If you cannot attend, please remember us in prayer. 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 



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VOL. LXIV OCTOBER 15, 1986 



NO. 20 



Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



RECIPE FOR LIVING 

Some things a man must surely know, 

If he is going to live and grow: 
He needs to know that life is more 

That what a man lays by in store, 
That more than all he may obtain, 

Contentment offers greater gain. 

He needs to feel the thrill of mirth, 

To sense the beauty of the earth, 
To know the joy that kindness brings 

And all the worth of little things. 
He needs to have an open mind, 

A friendly heart for all mankind, 

A trust in self - without conceit - 

A strength to rise above defeat. 
He needs to have the will to share, 

A mind to dream, a soul to dare, 
A purpose firm, a path to plod, 

A faith in man, a trust in God. 

- Alfred G. Walton 

Selected by Sister Karen Blocher 



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FOOLING GOD 

"Trick or treat" is the familiar slogan of Halloween. Children, and : 
some not so young, put on costumes to hide their identity and go 
about seeking a treat with the implied threat of a trick. 

Halloween is a pseudo-religious holiday that has become an 
excuse for instilling ungodly habits in our children. There are 
many reasons why Christians should be very leary of Halloween. 
"Trick or treat" carries an implied threat of mayhem if no treat is 
forthcoming. This teaches children first of all to beg instead of 
laboring for the treat. It also teaches them to get what they want by 
threatening harm instead of depending on God's giving or the 
kindness and generosity of others. This custom teaches children 
to hide themselves behind costumes and masks instead of being 
open and forthright which is a devious way to gain what is wanted. 

Halloween with its emphasis on ghosts, ghouls and other 
mystical themes may lead to an interest in the occult. Often people 
dress up as witches, devils or other creatures associated with the 
occult. This makes such devilish creatures to seem benign and not 
so dangerous as they really are. 

The play acting of Halloween may make fantasy the way of life 
for some. They hide behind masks and live a life of fantasy instead 
of an open life, meeting daily problems openly. 

The idea of the costumes of Halloween is to fool those who are 
confronted by the "trick or treaters." Supposedly they are not 
recognized and treats are given to the unknown. The trickster 
believes he has fooled those who have given treats, yet how few 
have actually been fooled. It is the one doing the fooling who is 

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fooled because he does not realize that he has been recognized 
even though he is costumed. The fooler has been fooled. 

Unfortunately, there are many who believe that they can fool 
God, but in the end, like the trickster he is the one who is being 
fooled. Men have ever tried to fool God. In the Garden of Eden, 
Adam and Eve thought they could fool God by hiding among the 
trees. After their sin, their nakedness had become apparent and 
they wanted to hide from God's sight. But God not only knew 
where they were but what they had done. 

A few years later, Cain thought he could fool God by burying 
Abel's body and by an uncaring attitude. But, again, God knew. A 
curse was put on Cain for he had sinned not once but at least 
thrice. He had first sinned by bringing a dead sacrifice, then in 
furious jealousy had killed his brother and finally had tried to lie to 
God. 

These lessons from Genesis should have surely shown men that 
they could not foo! God. Yet, we find throughout the Bible 
instances of men doing the same thing as Adam and Cain. They 
did what they wanted to do, then either tried to hide their deeds or 
themselves from God or else they tried to reason away what they 
had done. Saul, David, Solomon, Judas, Ananias and Sopphira 
and many, many more tried to fool God. None of them were 
successful. It seemed that those who could have profited from the 
mistakes of the past failed to do so. 

All thought that they could fool God. The scriptures plainly state 
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man 
soweth, that shall he also reap." Gal. 6:7. Despite the failed 
attempts of the past, people, yet, try to fool God. They do not 
succeed any better than their forefathers. People have the same 
human nature that has plagued men throughout history. They still 
want to fool God. 

They not only try to fool God by covering up the deeds they have 
done but they attempt to even change the Word of God. They set 
aside the commands of God, reasoning either they are outdated or 
that God did not mean what He commanded. Many of the 
ordinances of the Church have been set aside or changed. People 
will claim to love and serve God although they have set aside His 
commands concerning their love and service. Feet washing, Lord's 
Supper, prayer covering, plain attire, women's uncut hair, trine 
immersion for remission of sins and many other plain commands of 
God have been set aside, thinking that God will not care and that 
He will require no penalty for their insolence. 

As those of old learned that they fooled only themselves when 
they tried to fool God, so many today will find themselves fooled. 



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God will not befooled. 

The "trick or treater's" attempts to fool his victims are futile. So 
are the attempts to change God's Word and commands by people 
today. 

TOUCHING THE HEART 

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he." Prov. 23:7. 

Beyond that which we can see with human eyes is the part of 
man which is the basis for all he is — his heart. We can see what 
comes from one's heart as the thoughts become actions, but God 
can see the heart itself. He sees the motives, the desires and the 
goals. He sees the thoughts and knows what the heart is centered 
on, God alone knows whether the heart of a person and his 
conduct are in agreement. 

Whatever a man may be to start with, if his life is to change, his 
heart must be touched and changed. Something must reach past 
the surface thoughts into his innermost being, to begin the 
changes deep in his heart. Unless, and until, this happens, his life 
will continue on as before with only minor variations. The thief will 
continue to steal, the liar will continue to lie, and the lazy man will 
continue to be lazy. 

We can alter our actions and our appearance to make ourselves 
look like we're serving Jesus, but if nothing has happened in our 
hearts, we're only fooling ourselves. We may be able to fool people 
at least for awhile, but we can't fool Jesus. The scribes and 
Pharisees made quite an impression — on everyone but Jesus. He 
knew their hearts were not right with God, and plainly pointed out 
their hypocrisy. They went to alot of trouble to appear righteous, 
but nothing had happened in their hearts. 

In Prov. 4:23, we are told "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for 
out of it are the issues of life." This means a whole-hearted effort to 
keep our lives in line with God's will. But what does it take to touch 
our hearts in the first place, to turn us from a life of sin? It takes 
Jesus to touch our hearts! We need a Savior; we need to have our 
hearts changed and made new, and Jesus is the only one who can 
do this for us. 

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old 
things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." II Cor. 
5:17. New desires, new attitudes, a new way of life — all of it has 
changed. Why? Because Jesus has touched the heart, the inner- 
most part of man, and changed it. No one but Jesus can reach 
deep inside us. No one but Jesus can change what's within us. 
Until our hearts are truly touched, we'll continue on as we've 
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"With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander 
from thy commandments." Psa. 119:10. Love, and a desire to 
please God, motivate us to obey Him from the heart. If His Word 
doesn't reach our hearts, we'll be following the rules (at least) 
without any real heart-motivation. We'll be just going through the 
motions much as the scribes and Pharisees were. They had a rule 
for every occasion and religiously followed them, but, as Jesus 
said, they omitted the weightier matters. 

In all their attention to detail, they bypassed the most important 
things. If we're not careful, we will do the same. II Tim. 3:2-4 
contains a list of those whose hearts were untouched by Jesus, but 
they were still going through the motions of serving God. They had 
a form of godliness, but denied God's power (3:5), and the result 
was a cold, lifeless religion. Until our hearts are changed, and 
God's power is within us, we can't be anything but cold and lifeless 
also. 

If we are Godly, if we have His power within as we should, it can 
be seen in our everyday living, not just in what we are on Sunday 
when we meet for worship. Having a form or appearance of being 
Godly doesn't mean that we are. The power of God within us is 
what makes all we do real and alive and meaningful. Without His 
power within, we are just an empty shell, a pretender, with nothing 
to offer anyone. 

"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness." Rom. 
10:10. We can make rules and follow them carefully, but that will 
not change our hearts. We must go beyond that which reforms, 
that which merely cleans up the outside. Rules without the 
"want-to" which brings willing obedience become only a burden. 
We need spirit-filled teaching which touches our hearts and 
encourages us to seek and serve Jesus. We need to believe from 
our hearts and to let Jesus change us from the inside out. 

"For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the 
outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." I Sam. 
16:17. It was true in Samuel's day and it's true now, that we tend to 
measure a person by what we see. But God looks beyond the 
surface things and checks out our hearts. He knows what our real 
motives are. He knows whether or not we've been touched by 
Jesus. There is no point in pretending, because God knows what 
we really are. 

"For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." 
Matt. 12:34. Whatever is in our hearts will eventually come out, 
whether it be good or bad. If Jesus has touched your heart, good 
will come from your life. If not, you will continue on in the same 
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polished up, but it takes Jesus within to give you the real thing. 
Have you been transformed by Jesus? Has he touched your heart? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

The kind of person God wants me to be.... FRIENDLY 

My definition of friendly is "reaching out and touching some- 
one." Someone means those in the faith and those outside of it. In 
fact, we learn in the Old Testament that the Israelites were 
commanded not to wrong a stranger or oppress him because they | 
were to remember that they, too, were once strangers in the land of | 
Israel. (Ex. 22:21) They were to "Love the sojourner." (Deut. 10:18, 
19) The clearest example demonstrated in the Old Testament, 
showing Middle Eastern hospitality, is Abraham's receiving the 
three guests. We, too, might entertain angels unawares! 

The real test of our friendliness is not our response to our friends 
but how we respond to strangers. You can go in to some con- 
servative churches today and never be spoken to or acknowledged. 
God forbid that this kind of response should continue because of 
the coldness of our hearts and our lack of compassion. DO YOU 
just gravitate toward your friends or family after services at church 
while strangers are ignored? (PERSONALIZE THE QUESTION!) 

Jesus told the story of the Samaritan, both to show how unloving 
the Jewish leaders were and to show how to show love to others 
along life's pathway. The Samaritan showed love when the Levite 
and priest didn't. He met the man's needs at his own expense. We 
can well relate this story to Jesus who left the perfection of Heaven 
for a home among the earthly. Jesus was rejected by "His own"... 
and we, too, may be rejected, but that does not negate the 
responsibility to go and to care. 

Jesus instructs us that friendliness is not just an option but it is 
the quality of righteousness. Judgment is pronounced on those 
who do not take the time to shelter strangers, to clothe the naked, 
to give drink to the thirsty, to visit the prisoners and to feed the 
hungry. Hospitality in our day bears little resemblance to the 
biblical narrative or even to the Middle Eastern custom. What a 
phenomenal outreach we would have in the church today if we, as 
God's people, were really friendly. 

The Epistles relate our responsibility to show love both to our 
fellow brethren and sisters and the needy and rejected of the world. 
We must be "given to hospitality." (Rom. 12:13). 

The quality of friendliness challenges us to show how Christ 
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some stranger we can expect the grace of God to be there because 
we are doing what Jesus has asked us to do. We become the 
eyes... the hands and feet of the Lord. 

Remember this... It is not enough to just act friendly. You must 
have God's purpose in mind for the other person in order to 
demonstrate Christlikeness. This is giving friendship without 
receiving it in return. 

• Am I teaching that we should be "friends with the world?" Never! 
"Friendship with the world is enmity with God." (James 4:4) How 
can we be friendly without developing a friendship? How did Jesus 
eat with tax collectors and sinners and not become tainted by 
them? We can show forth a right life style. We can smile and give 
people warm handshakes. We can build communication on whole- 
some motives. We can show love because they are created in the 
image of God... the One we love more than all of life and the world. 
We can communicate that others have worth... that they are in 
process and not yet lost as long as there is life. In short, we reach 
out because God reached out. We must desire that the Body of 
Christ be built up and it will never happen if we portray lives of 
unfriendliness. 

Reaching out involves risk and sacrifice. Will you dare to be 
genuinely friendly? Try it and watch your life change... watch the 
lives of others change. 

Brother Len Wertz 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

October 15, 1926 

QUIT YOU LIKE MEN 

Ruth Drake 

When Paul wrote his letters of reproof and instruction back to the 
Corinthian brethren he knew that they were surrounded on all 
sides by evil influences. He could not remove the influences, nor 
could he remove the Corinthian church from their evil sur- 
roundings, so he gave them the command found in I Cor. 16:13, 
"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong." 

The church of today is existing in conditions very similar to those 
of the early Corinthian church. If we but listen we can hear God's 
clarion call, "Quit you like men." Have we the courage to quit the 
sinful practices of the world because God has said that Christ gave 
Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity and purify 
unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (Titus 2:14) 
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are not at all "peculiar" and just follow in their footsteps, but the 
chances are they will call us weaklings after we have stepped | 
across the bars between God's garden and satan's bramble patch. 
Moreover we will find upon trying to return that the thorns of the 
brambles are sharp and they have left their scratches on our 
conscience. Let's stay on the safe side of the bars before we grieve 
the Holy Spirit once too often. May we "stand fast in the faith" to 
such an extent that we can lead lives that are pleasing to God even 
though surrounded on all sides by sin. 

Especially to the young people of today comes the ringing call 
for true whole-hearted service. They are meeting temptations on 
every hand that older people know nothing about. If our young 
people are sidetracked by satan's allurements what will be the 
result in the church in the next generation. May we as younger 
people catch a vision of true service through the simple life such as 
God has portrayed in the New Testament, and by living up to that 
vision be able to pass it on to our children. Do you realize young 
people that the church of tomorrow is resting on our shoulders? 

Young men, can you quit yourselves like men and say NO when 
your companions ask you to go to the amusements of the world? 
Can you walk away from their ridicule with a smile, knowing that 
your heavenly Father is smiling in approbation of your obedience? 

Young lady can you let your adorning be "that meek and quiet 
spirit which in the sight of God is of great price?" (I Pet. 3:4) Can 
you "be strong" and carry your modest dressing throughout your 
school years even if you are dubbed slow or old maidish by your 
schoolmates? Can you have courage enough to do what you know 
is right even if it isn't what the crowd does? You will command 
more respect from your companions if you carry out your con- 
victions than if you profess to live the simple life and then follow 
the fashions set by the world. Sometimes it seems as if "no" may 
mean losing our best friend but remember there is a friend that 
sticketh closer than a brother. I Cor. 10:13 brings a promise that I 
wish every boy and girl, young man and young woman would copy 
and place in their rooms where it would be the first thing their eyes 
saw each morning upon arising. Temptation comes to us all and 
we are only made stronger by resisting, but when we wilfully say 
YES to temptation then sin has come into our lives. Look up I Cor. 
10:13 before you forget. 

THE BLESSINGS OF ETERNITY 

The great blessings of eternity were made possible through the 
sacrifices of our Heavenly Father and His Son. Christ said, "In my 
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you... that where I am there ye may be also." Christ's coming was 
to seek and to save the lost. We must accept the blessings of God 
in this life to inherit His eternal blessings. 

The Apostle Paul referred to them as a crown of life. He said that 
it was laid up for him and all who love Christ's appearing. He said I 
press onward and forward toward the mark of the prize of the high 
calling of God in Christ Jesus. 

When John the Revelator was on the lonely Isle of Patmos, he 
had a glimpse of the beautiful eternal city of God. In his written 
book of Revelation he gives us a description of the eternal city of 
God. A city, four square, where the walls are of jasper and the 
streets paved with pure gold, where the gates swing outward, 
j where there never are any storms or night there. It is a place of joy, 
I peace and happiness. It is a peace that passeth understanding and 
a peace that the world can never give. No pain nor death nor fears 
are there. God shall wipe away all tears. 

"... Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into 
the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that 
love him." It is a glorious place prepared for the righteous when 
this life is over. What a joyful time it will be to meet with the faithful 
servants of God, who are recorded in His Word. The faithful who 
passed away before our time here on earth, plus some whom we 
have labored with and shared in sorrow and trouble together, our 
hope is to meet with them in that eternal home of joy, peace and 
rest. There will be no more good-bys or sad farewells there. There 
is a song that says, "Oh think of the home over there." Let us not be 
among the foolish who will not make their calling and election sure. 

When we were young in this life we were looking forward for 
better times to come in this world, which have not been so. We 
believe, the hardships in the Apostle Paul's life caused him to look 
forward to the great blessings of eternity. An aged person once 
said to me, "Some day I will be young again." 

Only those who have washed their robes and made them white in 
the blood of the Lamb will be permitted to live in the eternal City. 
The righteous shall shine as the stars in the sky and shall live and 
abide at the Saviour's right hand. 

Are we letting our Christian light shine? Some times in this world 
when some people are having hardships, others instead of trying to 
comfort and console them will place or impose more hardships 
upon them. The Golden Rule is not applied. Also, many are 
indulging in sin, using strong drink, tobacco and dope and many 
other evils that are harmful to their health and cause suffering 
already in this sinful world. Sin separates people from the 
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John the Revelator gives us a description of what is in store for 
those who fail to cleanse themselves from the works of iniquity and 
obey not the Gospel of Christ. He had a glimpse of the eternal 
place prepared for them. 

The Psalmist David said, "... my cup runneth over. Surely 
goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I 
will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." When we accept the 
blessings of God in this life we become a blessing to others. The 
way of the transgressor is hard. Christ said, "My yoke is easy and 
my burden is light." Have we found it so? Is He leading us in the 
path of righteousness for His name's sake? 

Today many are trying to serve two masters. We cannot be a 
child of God and a servant of Satan. God is not mocked. Whatso- 
ever a man soweth that is what he shall reap. Christ said, "When I 
come again shall I find faith on the earth." Are we among the 
faithful few? Narrow is the way that leads to eternal glory and few 
there be that find it. Broad is the way that leads to eternal 
destruction. Satan is out to deceive and if it were possible would 
deceive the very elect. 

God's Word tells us when Christ returns to earth there will be a 
great separation, some will be taken and some left. Some who 
depended on their good works for salvation have not cleansed 
themselves from the works of iniquity and will hear the voice, 
"Depart into everlasting punishment." Are we prepared for the 
glorious blessings of eternity? Many are Satan's pernicious ways 
in these perilious times. We must be faithful and true to our 
blessed Saviour to be prepared for the first and best resurrection to 
receive the glorious blessings of eternity. 

Are we faithful to the trust Christ left us? Will we drop this 
perishing robe of flesh and gain the eternal prize with all the 
redeemed ones, never to part, enjoying all the blessings of 
eternity? 

Brother J. F. Marks 
804 W. Sundial Loop 
Plant City, FL 33566 

AVOIDING RESPONSIBILITY 

Hebrews 12:2 "looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our 
faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, 
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the 
throne of God." 

This is an era in which, it would seem, the vast majority of 
individuals are trying to avoid responsibility. For several years we 



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had no fault car insurance. Today no fault divorces are very 
popular. It is no wonder that this is widely used since many 
marriage vows are simply "as long as we both shall LOVE," in place 
of the scriptural "as long as we both shall LIVE." 

The courts of the land have allowed criminals to go free because 
the individuals were underthe influence of drugs or alcohol (which 
actually is a drug). Some church people seem to think that a 
person who was raised in a less desirable environment should not 
be punished for crime or at least given a lighter sentence. While we 
do not see it as our place to tell the law makers and enforcers how 
to handle criminals it is certainly allowing individuals to shun 
responsibility. We realize that a Christian is not to take part in 
taking the life of an individual. But Romans 13:4 informs us, "For 
he (rulers of government) is the minister of God to thee for good. 
But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the 
sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute 
wrath upon him that doeth evil." Paul wrote this concerning Nero 
an authority who is considered one of the most barbaric kings in 
history. Both he and Peter lost their lives under this king. There- 
I fore we see our responsibility as Christians to be obedient to the 

I laws of the land not directly contrary to the Scriptures. How often 
do we disobey a law that has nothing to do with our freedom of 
worship because we feel it is a "bad" law? One of the hardest 
things an individual has to do is to submit to leaders, whether it is 
leaders of government or leaders in the Church. 

While the scriptures are plain that we are to submit ourselves to 
the leaders of state and Church, this does not alleviate us of the 
| responsibility of searching the scriptures to see if these things be 
so. Our final authority is the Word of God not the words of a 
preacher. We, personally, see a need for "church rules." But our 
actions and thoughts should not be so "because the church says 
so." Rather we should love the Lord Jesus Christ enough to desire 
to follow all the teachings of scripture. 

There was the time that the elder members of the church set the 
example for the youth. But all too often today it is the youth who 
are telling the elders what can or can not be accepted. Many have 
put their stamp of approval on so called "christian rock" because 
the youth said it was a good way to win converts. James informs us 
in James 3:10-1 1 , "Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and 
cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a 
fountain send forth at the place sweet water and bitter?" While this 
is referring to the use of the tongue, we believe it can have many 
applications. It is much easier to go along with the trends of the 
time than to take the responsibility of pointing out error. As our 
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He despised the shame that went with it. When we stand for truth it 
will often cost us reproach and perhaps standing alone. 

Fathers often refuse to accept the responsibility of being the 
head of the home. While there is certainly a place for the wife to 
voice her opinion the final decision should be with the man, 
according to scripture. However, in many homes neither mother 
nor father has the rule. It is the children who decide what is right or 
wrong. This is especially true when teenagers are a part of the 
family. While we realize the need of bringing youth into the church 
and keeping them there, we can not compromise on scriptural 
principles in order to do so. 

It is so easy to shrug your shoulders and let others decide for you 
than to take the responsibility of taking a stand for your con- 
victions. Is it your desire to be popular or scriptural? Many have 
taken the road of least resistance and allowed Hollywood and 
fashion designers to decide the style of clothing and types of 
amusement that are appropriate. When the Bible speaks of 
nakedness it often is referring to being immodestly attired rather 
than actually nude. But women no longer want the responsibility 
of keeping the thoughts of men pure. While on the other hand men 
are responsible for their thoughts as well. Excuses are always 
easier than taking responsibility. 

Men, are you willing to take the responsibilities God has given 
you? Women, are you willing to take the responsibility of being 
submissive? Are we all willing to be responsibile to Holy Scripture 
as we make decisions in life that affect others as well as ourselves? 
Let us truly make Jesus "the author and finisher of our faith." Let 
us share the joy of enduring a cross rather than enjoying the 
pleasures of sin for a season. 

James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 



THREE RESOURCES ALWAYS AVAILABLE 

GOD'S RICHES: My God shall supply all your need according 

to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19. 
GOD'S PRESENCE: Yea though I walk through the valley of the 

shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod 

and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4. 
GOD'S STRENGTH: The salvation of the righteous is of the Lord; 

he is their strength in the time of trouble. Psalms 37:39. 



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"COME UNTO ME" 

Matthew 11:28-30 Jeremiah 29:13 

Come unto me, the Lord is sweetly calling. 
I will give you rest, says He. 
I will carry your heavy, heavy load; 
The Lord calls, Learn of me. 

I am meek and lowly, the Lord is sweetly calling. 

My burden is light, says He. 

Put your heavy load upon me 

And I will turn your bound soul free. 

You shall find me, the Lord is sweetly calling. 
I will hearken unto you, says He. 
When you search for me with all your heart 
I'll find you and you'll find Me. 

Come unto me, the Lord is still knocking. 
There's danger in delay, says He. 
Cast off your doubts and just embrace Him 
And say, "Dear Lord, I come to Thee." 

- Lynn H. Miller 

RD 2, Newmanstown, PA 17073 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Preaching the Word 
J. H. Moore 

Just before taking his departure from earth, Jesus told his 
disciples to "go into all the world and preach the Gospel to 
every creature." (Mark 16:15). But why preach the Gospel? 
Because "it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save 
them that believe." (I Cor. 1:21) Paul, in Rom. 10:14, asks 
concerning those who would hear, believe and be saved: "How 
shall they hear without a preacher?" Jesus went about the 
country, not only healing the sick, but preaching the Gospel of 
the kingdom. He sent out the twelve, and later the seventy, to 
spread the news of the kingdom to the lost sheep of the house of 
Israel. Philip, some time after the ascension, went to Samaria 
and preached the Gospel (Acts 8:35). And we read of others 
who went forth, preaching the Gospel, and in this way the 
foundation for congregations was laid in the hearts of the people. 
The preaching of the Gospel led to faith in the things preached, 
and faith led to obedience and salvation. So it will be seen 
how God, by the foolishness of preaching, can save those who 
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SCRIPTURES RELATED TO PRACTICES PECULIAR 
TO THE DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

BAPTISM — Acts 2:37-39; Rom. 6:1-6; Matt. 28:19-20; Matt. 3:63; 

Mark 1:9; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12; Acts 8:38; Acts 9:18; Gal. 3:27 
CLOSED COMMUNION — I Cor. 10:20-21; I Cor. 12:27; Eph. 4:3-6; 

Rom. 12:16; II Cor. 13:11; Phil. 4:2; I Pet. 3:8. 
FEET WASHING — John 13:4-17; I Tim. 5:9-10. 
THE LORD'S SUPPER — John 13:2-4; Luke 22:20; I Cor. 11:20-21, 

25. 
THE CUP — I Cor. 16:25; Matt. 26:27-28; Mark 14:23-24. 
THE BREAD — I Cor. 11:25-29; Matt. 26:26; Mark 14:22. 
SELF EXAMINATION — I Cor. 11:28, 31; II Cor. 13: 5. 
HOLY KISS — II Cor. 13:12; I Cor. 16:20; I Thess. 5:26; Rom. 16:16; 

I Pet. 5:14. 

SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD — II Cor. 6:17; Heb. 7:26; 

Titus 2:14; I Pet. 2:9; I John 2:15; Rom. 12:1-2. 
MODESTY IN DRESS — I Tim. 2:9-10; I Pet. 3:3-4. 
ANNOINTING WITH OIL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD — James 

5:14-15. 
SUNDAY AS OUR DAY OF WORSHIP — Acts 20:7; Matt. 28:1 

Mark 16:2; John 20:1; (Heb. 3:18; Heb. 4:4-10) 
TEMPERANCE — I Thess. 5:22; I Cor. 6:10; (I Cor. 6:19; II Cor 

6:16 - Temple of the Holy Ghost). 
NON-RESISTANCE — John 18:36; II Cor. 10:4; Matt. 5:44; Rom 

12:2. 
DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE — Matt. 5:32; Rom. 7:3. 
NON-SWEARING — James 5:12; Matt. 5:34-37. 
GOING TO LAW — I Cor. 6:1-9. 
DUTIES OF AGED MEN * AGED WOMEN * YOUNG MEN * 

YOUNG WOMEN — Titus 2:1-7. 
SCRIPTURES YOU CAN GIVE IF APPROACHED BY SOME OF 

THE CULTS THAT ARE GOING FROM DOOR TO DOOR — 

Gal. 1:8 - "But though we or an angel from heaven, preach 

any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached 

unto you, let him be accursed." 

II Tim. 3:16-17 - "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, 
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, 
for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may 
be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 

Selected by Sister Edith Moss 



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NEWS ITEMS 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

Our fall Lovefeast is planned for November 15-16, the Lord 
willing. There will be services all day on Saturday, beginning at 
11:00 A.M. We invite all who can to come and be with us in these 
services. 

During our recent evangelistic meetings, two received Christ and 
were baptized. May God's blessings rest on them, and on all who 
heard the Word. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater, Cor. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

"Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice." Philippians 
4:4. Our reasons for rejoicing are many, because God is great and 
worthy of praise. We thank Him for the upbuilding we received in 
our recent Revival Meetings. 

We are happy to report that our Church family has grown in 
number also. Please pray for April Zehr, Pam Embry and Michael 
Reed as they begin a new or renewed walk with the Lord. 

II Corinthians 1:11, "Ye also helping together by prayer for us", 
that each member will feel a special responsibility toward their 
spiritual welfare. 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 



THREE WAYS TO BE HAPPY 

HAPPY IS THE MAN that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth 

understanding. Proverbs 3:13. 
He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth, but he that hath mercy on 

the poor, HAPPY IS HE. Proverbs 14:21. 
But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, HAPPY ARE YE. 

I Peter 3:14. 

THREE DUTIES OF BELIEVERS 

TO GROW: But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord 

and Savior, Jesus Christ. II Peter 3:1 8. 
TO GLOW: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see 

your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

Matthew 5:16. 
TO GO: Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every 

creature. Mark 16:15. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
NOVEMBER 1986 

November 2- A Better Country- Hebrews 11:13-29. 

1. Where is this country that is a better country? John 14:2. 

2. How do we get there? Rev. 22:14. 
November 9 - What Faith Can Do - Hebrews 1 1 :30-40. 

1. What is faith? Hebrews 11:1. 

2. How do we get faith? Rom. 10:17. 

November 16 - The Author and the Finisher of Our Faith - Hebrews 
12:1-13. 

1. Who is the author of our faith? and where does our faith 
begin? I John 3:23. 

2. What does faith do for us? Rom. 5:1. 
November 23 - Thanksgiving - Philippians 4:1-23. 

1. Do we need to give thanks when everything goes well? 
Deut. 8:10. 

2. What do we give thanks for? Thess. 5:18. 

November 30 - Refuse not Him that Speaketh From Heaven - 
Hebrews 12:14-29. 

1. How does Christ speak to us? John 5:39. 

2. How important is it that we hear Him that speaketh from 
Heaven. John 12:48. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR NOVEMBER 1986 
November 2 - Seeking God - Deut. 4:29-31; Ps. 105: 1-8, Isaiah 
55:1-8, Luke 11:9-10, Acts 17:26-31. 

1. Who should seek God? Isaiah 55:1. 

2. When should we seek Him? Isaiah 55:6. 

November 9 -Thoughtfulness - Deut. 32:1-5, Jos. 1:8-9, Hag. 1:4-7, 
Ps. 1:1-6; I Tim. 4:15-16. 

1. On what should we meditate? Jos. 1:8. 

2. Where does the thought begin? Matt. 15:19. 

November 16 - Honor Parents - Eph. 6:1-3, Ex. 20:12, Pr. 1:8, 
Luke 2:51, John 19:26-27. 

1. In Exodus 20:12 what command is given with a promise? 

2. Prov. 6:20-23 gives us some advice about honoring father 
and mother. 

November 23 - Thanksgiving - Ps. 92:1-2, I Chr. 16:8-12, Eph. 
5:19-20, Phil. 4:6-7. 

1. Read Psalms 50:1-14 concerning that of giving thanks. 

2. What are we to give thanks for? I Thess. 5:18. 
November 30 - Our Friendship - I Sam. 20:1-42. 

1. The example of friendship of Naomi and Ruth. Ruth 1:16. 

2. What does James 4:4 have to say about friendship with the 
world? 



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VOL. LXIV 



NO. 21 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice, 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



IS IT JESUS? 

When a worldling looks upon you 
Is it Jesus that he sees? 
Or just a member of a sect or group 
That teaches differently? 

Has Jesus made a difference 
In that sinful life you had? 
Or are you merely following rules 
To make your loved ones glad? 

Is Jesus your foundation? 
Is He more than life to you? 
Do you daily commune with Him? 
Or is it man's will that you do? 

For man can't tell if when you pray 
Your prayers reach heaven above. 
Seek not to please the men below 
But seek Jesus and His love. 



Lynn H. Miller 

RD 2, Newmanstown, PA 17073 



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IN A FEW WORDS 

Hebrews 10:22-24 contains, in a few phrases, the essence of 
God's Plan of Salvation. He, through His Spirit, moved the author 
to write these words, which are full of much meaning. The writer 
wants his readers to understand saivation in terms that apply to 
their daily lives so he writes in terms, they and we can grasp. 

In each of these three verses, the writer, begins with "let us." 
This makes it personal for each one, yet unites all who do into one 
effort. This plan is not different for different classes or groups of 
people but is the same for all. No one is either too good or too bad 
to have a part, so the admonition is to each one, "let us." 

The first thought is to "draw near." God ever desires the lost to 
draw near, and accept and follow Him. He desires those who have 
previously come to Him to draw nearer and nearer continually. He 
wants none to stand away from Him but to be as close as possible. 

We are to draw near with a "true heart." It is not the mere 
professor but the true believer that He is seeking. He wants those 
who will sincerely come to Him not those who will come by lip but 
not by heart. This true heart must be in "full assurance of faith." 
Faith is the first ingredient of the plan of salvation that involves the 
believer on an active level. The plan of salvation is provided 
potentially for all by God's Grace, which is not given in response to 
men's activities. God's Grace is unmerited favor shown to sinful 
men, especially by the giving of His Son for men's redemption. 
Men have no part in that provision. Faith is the first action that men 
can take to make the potential, reality. There must be a reaction by 
man to what God has provided, not in a deed but in the heart's 

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acceptance. Faith is a belief and trust in God and in the way He has 
made for men to have the salvation that they could in no wise 
receive any other way. There must be faith before anything else 
can happen to bring about redemption from sin. 

Once there is belief and acceptance of God's provision, there 
must be a renunciation of sin. This means to have not only a 
sorrow for the sins of the past but a fervent desire to be free from 
sin in the future. This is "having our hearts sprinkled from an evil 
conscience." The conscience knows and records our sins and we 
must be rid of them. We know God can not tolerate sin so it must 
be repented of and turned from, so we might stand before God. 

Having Faith and being repentant, there still remains the washing 
away of sin. We can not literally be washed in the blood of Christ 
but by water baptism we can have our sins remitted. Although 
most today consider baptism to be but an optional command 
unnecessary for salvation, we do not need to be ashamed to be 
aligned with Jesus and the other New Testament writers. Jesus 
declared, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he 
that believeth not shall be damned." Mark 16:16. Paul wrote, 
"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like 
as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father; 
even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been 
planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the 
likeness of his resurrection." Rom. 6:4-5. Our bodies must be 
''washed with pure water." "Washed" in the original conveys the 
idea of the body being bathed, which answers to immersion. 

Once we have complied with these terms of the plan of salvation, 
all is not done. The decision having been made to be a Christian' 
now we must "hold fast the profession of our faith." There is a 
lifetime of faithful living before us. We must "hold fast" that 
profession we have made by adding deeds to our words. We dare 
not let this provision, made by God at great cost for us, be lost 
through our neglect or willful misconduct. We are told to go on 
from these first principles of Christianity and give ourselves totally 
to God! y 

We are not to consider just our own life but we are to be helpful 
to others who have made a similar profession. We need to 
"consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works." 
Usually when we provoke another it is to do evil or to get even, but 
as Christians we are to admonish and encourage each other to do 
better in Christian living. By our fellowship with others, we can 
help them to love more and to produce the good deeds by which 
Christians should be known. This is one reason why we should not 
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In these three verses, in a few words, the writer has given us 
many thoughts that should encourage us in our Christian lives and 
to make us eternally thankful to our Heavenly Father for the plan of 
salvation which He has made available to each of us. 

THE OTHER 95% 

"Decision is 5%, follow-through is 95%. A good start doesn't 
insure a strong finish." When we decide to serve Christ, it takes 
more than just talk to get the job done. We've heard remarks like 
"talk is cheap" and know that many thoughtlessly promise this or 
that, but never carry it out. Even those who fully intend to do right 
often fall far short of their stated goals. 

So what does it take to insure a strong finish as a Christian? The 
first step is faith in Christ and submitting wholly to Him. A half- 
hearted approach will only lead to failure. Next, get into His Word, 
and find out what He expects of you. Every employee first asks the 
boss for instructions, then goes to work. Third, count the cost as 
you consider God's Will for you. It won't always be an easy road, 
but it is a rewarding one. 

You must seek God's strength to carry out His Will. You can't do 
it on your own. Jesus said, "Without me, ye can do nothing", and 
the sooner you realize this, the better. In that same verse, John 
15:5, Jesus said, "I am the vine, ye are the branches." He is our 
only source of strength and if we try to function as a Christian in 
our own strength, we will fail. As the branches draw strength from 
the vine, so must we draw our strength from Jesus. 

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that 
believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." John 11:25. 
Faith in Jesus must precede any attempt to serve Him for several 
reasons. One is we can't give ourselves to Christ and His cause 
unless we have faith in all He stands for. Another is "without faith it I 
is impossible to please Him." (Heb. 11:6) This kind of faith is an 
active, serving faith, not a passive, carefree existence. 

Where do we get such faith? Basically, it is a gift of God. "So 
then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." 
Rom. 10:17. In God's Word we learn of His love, His care, and the 
promises He has made. It is where we learn what He expects of us, 
His children. The more we read and the more we learn, the better 
able we are to serve God. Our service would be limited severely if 
we had no idea what He wanted us to do. 

"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye 
may grow thereby." I Peter 2:2. Every new Christian needs special 
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substantial food — the meat of God's Word — is needed. None of 
us can get along without it. As growth continues, there is also a 
cleansing. "Now ye are clean through the word which I have 
spoken unto you." John 15:3. God's Word changes us as we give 
heed to it, and gets rid of the bad while filling us with His goodness. 

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that 
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 
II Tim. 2:15. We can't work for the Lord without first studying His 
instructions for service. We can't properly apply the Word to our 
lives unless we study it and are familiar with it. This will take more 
time and effort than it does to read a newspaper; it can't be done in 
haste. Whatever effort you put into study of God's Word will be 
well worth it, but newspapers and such aren't very rewarding. 

"For with God nothing shall be impossible." I Luke 1:37. This 
means even you and I can live for Jesus, if we really want to. Where 
does our power and strength for this come from? "Ye shall receive 
power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you." Acts 1:8a. When 
God's Spirit enters our hearts, things begin to happen. We are 
made alive in Christ, our ways change, and people can tell we've 
been with Jesus. On our own, without this power, we would never 
get anywhere spiritually. "Our sufficiency IS of God" (II Cor. 3:5) 
and this fact won't change 

Jesus said when facing the Cross, "Not as I will, but as thou wilt." 
Matt. 26:39. He also told us to take up our crosses and to follow 
Him. This means we must submit to God's Will just as Jesus did. 
He completed what God asked Him to do and so should we. In the 
Christian life, self must be set aside so God's Will can have first 
place. A Christian spirit is truly a submissive one. 

"So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all he 
hath, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:33. Another verse says 
we are to present our bodies a living sacrifice which is reasonable 
service (Rom. 12:1). The cost of serving Jesus is our all. We can't 
hold anything back for ourselves. As you can see, the other 95% is 
the real, down-to-earth Christian living. No matter what we say, 
our lives reveal our true goals and desires. Talk is cheap, but living 
for Jesus is not. Which is it for you? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

BROKEN AND POURED OUT 

Bethany, a small village not too far from Jerusalem, was a place 
of much comfort and solace for our Lord. Here lived Mary, Martha, 
Lazarus and Simon the Leper. It was Simon's house which was the 
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Even though Jesus had enemies he also had loyal and loving 
friends even in and about Jerusalem who never could do enough 
for Him. Simon was one friend who was so kind as to invite Jesus 
to sup with him and Jesus was gracious to accept the invitation. 

While He was there "... there came a woman having an alabaster 
box of ointment of spikenard very precious and she brake the box 
and poured it out on his head." Mark 14:3b. 

Brokenness is generally considered a loss and that which is 
poured out as a waste. One often puts forth great effort to protect 
their lives and possessions in order to preserve them at the 
expense of the eventual loss of both. The child of God finds that it 
is only through a broken and poured out life that one can lay up 
treasures in Heaven. 

Jesus' very body was broken and He poured out His soul unto 
death for us. Shall we think that our boxes of ointment are too 
precious to pour out upon Him? We owe our Lord a great debt of 
love. He deserves to be honored with the very best that we have 
and all that we have. We need to consider the consequences and 
the tragedy of keeping back any part of the price as did Ananias 
and Sapphira. Are we giving Him the precious ointment of our best 
affections; the first fruits of our love? 

We have great opportunity to live the "broken and poured out" 
life. Solomon tells us how to do it. "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to 
do, do it with thy might..." The hungry, the poor, the lonely of the 
world are crying out for our alabaster boxes. The sin-sick of the 
world are dying for lack of that balm of Gilead. 

Christ's triumph was not in the shouts of the multitude or the 
palm branches strewn in His pathway. It was in His suffering; His 
broken and poured out life. 

The unnamed woman in our lesson lost neither her ointment nor 
her labor. It was an eternal investment as Christ will honor those 
who honor Him. 

The great need of the Church today is for broken and poured out 
lives. When this is accomplished there will be no time for discord 
and strife. The old proverb, "Idleness is the devil's workshop," has 
been fulfilled in our own day. It is not just the case with the lambs 
of the flock but even more so with the full-grown sheep. Lazy and 
discontent we soon look for holes in the fence and greener 
pastures but broken and poured out lives will be healing, helping, 
blessing and prospering the Kingdom of God. 

May all go to Bethany and learn the lesson of the broken and 
poured out life! 

Brother David L. Skiles 



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EXAMPLES 

Christ set for us examples, 

Showing us things we should do... 
He taught the people, saying, 

Do as I have done to you. 
What He taught to do back then 

Was meant for us too, today, 
His words, the same forever - 

It's the strait and narrow way. 

God's people are peculiar, 

Like His Word tells us to be, 
When baptizing, we immerse 

In the name of Godhead three, 
Father, Son and Holy Ghost, 

All have a place in our life; 
Sisters have their head covered 

When they pray or prophesy. 

Long hair's a glory to them - 

But is a shame unto men, 
He prays with head uncovered 

(His hair CAN'T be removed then.) 
Angels "minister unto those 

Who are heirs of salvation," 
This makes more clear the scriptures, 

Also the Resurrection. 

Wouldn't you rather practice 

All Christ's precepts under race 
Than some day to be sorry 

And find you've no "resting place?" 
Not claim a Heavenly mansion - 

Where, I'm sure you'd like to go — 
So - Why not do as He says 

And escape that time of woe? 

He'll soon descend from Heaven, 

In the twinkling of an eye... 
For the last trumpet shall sound 

And the dead in Christ will rise, 
Then the living saints will too - 

They will meet Him in the air 
And go to His glorious Home 

Of no sorrow, fair or care. 



- Sister Irene Stout 

R. 1, Box 160, Wabash, IN 46992 



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WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? 

I have been reading Charles Sheldon's book, "In His Steps." Even 
though it is fictional, this very story could happen in any church 
here in the twentieth century. We all know and realize that Satan is 
alive and well, trying to tear apart our church and families to gain 
more followers to do work for him. 

As Christian people we are always seeking ways to gain 
knowledge of Christ. Peter writes in II Peter 3:18 "But grow in 
grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 
To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." How can we grow 
in this grace and knowledge? Christ preached in His sermon on 
the Mount "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto 
your children, HOW MUCH MORE shall your Father which is in 
Heaven GIVE GOOD things to THEM THAT ASK HIM?" Matt. 7:11. 
Christ will give to us what we ask for as long as it is good and in HIS 
will. James writes in James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him 
ask of God, that giveth to all men literally, and upbraideth not; and 
it shall be given him." 

What better way could we obtain Christ's knowledge than to do 
things the way Jesus would do it. How can we obtain knowledge 
from Christ if we go places Christ would not go, get upset when we 
should be silent, not obeying the laws of the land, and many others. 
We go about our daily life living the way we want to, trying to think 
of ways to convince ourselves we are going what is right. We have 
vowed to God that we want to live like Him. Are we living like Him? 
For Him? Is our light really shining out to those men in darkness? 
Do people know we are children of God by our actions and not just 
by our dress? Do we actually care for the drunkard, outcast, drug 
user, poor and the homeless? 

What better way could you obtain knowledge from Christ, than to 
do what Jesus would do? Before you do anything ask yourself 
'What would Jesus do?' You may even have to get on your knees to 
pray to God more often than what you do now. But as you ask what 
Jesus would do and by doing that you will be gaining the 
knowledge of the way Christ is. You, personally, would know more 
about Christ, because you are living the way He lived His life. 

But you say "I will have to suffer", "I will have to carry too heavy 
of a cross", "I will lose money" or "I will lose friends." It is recorded 
in the Bible "... if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also 
glorified together." Rom. 8:17. "For it is better, if the will of God be 
so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing." I Peter 3:17. "If 
we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will 
deny us:" II Tim. 2:12. If we suffer just a little, what is that suffering 
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on this earth is small compared to what Christ suffered for us. 
Since He has suffered for us, why can we not suffer for the cause of 
(Jesus Christ? Each time we suffer for Him we gain more and more 
knowledge as to what Christ is and what He would do. 

As you go through each day and through each activity ask 
yourself "what would Jesus do in this situation?" When you are 
able to answer this question do it, even if you have to give up 
'something that is dear or important to you. When someone pulls 
put in front of you — do only what Jesus would do. When you turn 
the radio on to worldly music (music that does not praise or uplift 
bod) ask 'What would Jesus do?' then do it. This may mean alot of 
things: quitting your job for one of less pay, volunteering instead of 
getting paid, giving more money away, driving an older car instead 
of a new one, giving an extra car away, living in the slums, not 
taking a vacation. Whatever it is, if you feel that is what Christ 
would do if He was in your situation — then do it. 

As you make this change and in every situation you only do that 
which Christ would do, your life will prosper and flourish, full of the 
.knowledge of Christ and being filled with His light. 

Through each incident remember that you are suffering for 
Christ's sake, and "I can do all things through Christ which 
strengtheneth me." Phil. 4:13. 

Sister Mabel Chupp 
Dallas Center, Iowa 



ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Sweet Peace" 

We so often enjoy singing the song, "Sweet peace, the gift of 
God's love" ...and yet, I so seldom see real peace reflected in the 
lives of young people and adults alike. Is it that we don't really 
understand what peace is? If we would use synonyms to express 
peace, we could call it harmony, concord, freedom from disorder, 
calm, serenity, tranquillity or the end of war. These words would 
well express a Christian's understanding of peace. The real 
problem is that we too often understand peace in terms of ex- 
ternals. Peace is viewed as environmental. If the circumstances 
are right, then we can be at peace. If they aren't, peace eludes us. 

Jesus said, "... my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, 
give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be 
afraid." John 14:27. The circumstances were not very peaceful for 
the disciples or for Jesus, yet Jesus was able to say, "My peace I 
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Peace is INTERNAL, not external. Peace comes from a proper 
relationship to God, not a response to the circumstances. The 
peace that God gives rises above circumstances. Remember in the 
story of the stormy sea Jesus rested peacefully while the disciples 
were frantic. Jesus was surprised that they had relinquished their 
peace and it was restored as the weather changed. 

Peace is the result of a right relationship with the Prince of 
Peace. Galations 5 relates it as one of the fruits of the Spirit. As 
long as you walk in union with Christ you will have peace. Paul 
writes in Romans 5:1, "Therefore, being justified by faith, we have 
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." 

David was a hero turned fugitive through the insane jealously of 
Saul. He was hunted by Saul and his men like an animal, yet he 
enjoyed the peace of the Lord and was not fearful, "... though a 
host encamp against me." 

When Gabriel announced to Mary that she would give birth to the 
Son of the Most High, Mary replied, "Let it be to me according to 
your word." She had peace in a time when most women would 
have gone into shock. 

Simeon was one of the saints whose life and testimony we 
appreciate. God had revealed to him that he would live to see the 
Messiah. After seeing Him, he was able to say, "Lord, now lettest 
thy servant depart in peace..." Simeon received peace from the 
Prince of Peace. 

Conversely to the peace movement idea of our time, Jesus did 
not believe in peace at any price. The peace He brought came 
when God poured out His wrath against sin. Isaiah said, "The 
chastisement of our peace was upon him." 

Peace for the Apostle Paul came through his relationship with 
God. Though attacked by most every adversity life had to offer, he 
claimed this special gift. He lived the idea of Psalm 37 that 
communicates that the end of the perfect and upright man is 
peace. 

Peace often comes through conflict and confrontation. Some- 
times we avoid the peace of reconciliation by detente... or surface 
peace. You need to become a peacemaker, even if it means you 
must stand alone and speak the truth, confront a friend with whom 
you are not at peace or accept the inner struggle that often comes 
when you choose to go God's way. PEACE IS NOT A MEANS 
BUT IT IS A RESULT... A FRUIT... OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. 

This is not a peaceful world. In the sixties many people talked 
about peace. Optimism abounded. Choirs sang, "Let there be 
peace on earth and let it begin with me..." Yet today, World War is a 
menacing possibility. Many Americans have withdrawn from 



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participation in peace groups with skepticism and cynicism. The 
time is drawing very near when people will demand PEACE AT 
ANY PRICE. And that is when Satan's Antichrist will make his 
move. Scripture says that he will deceive the world by engineering 
a temporary peace, something that no political leaders of our time 
have been able to do. Our hope for lasting peace comes ONLY 
through Christ. 

Peace is threefold: Peace with God, peace with others and peace 
with ourselves. The result of peace with God IS the ability to have 
peaceful relations with others. If Jews and Gentiles could call each 
other friends because of Jesus, we should be able to get along 
INSIDE the Body of Christ. God commands us to be eager to 
maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph. 4:3) 

In the body of Christ, there seems to be an eagerness to 
challenge rather than maintain the peace. If we are going to be 
peacemakers, then we must be careful to speak words which unify 
the body of Christ. We are to do whatever we can to live peaceably 
with ALL brothers and sisters. If we are not at peace with others, 
we are to be reconciled. We are to seek forgiveness or forgive; we 
are to approach others who have offended us or whom we have 
offended. We are to treat the fruit of peace as one of the precious 
manifestations of the Spirit that it is. Seek peace and pursue it. (Ps. 
34:14) I challenge you to work tirelessly for SWEET PEACE, THE 
GIFT OF GOD'S LOVE. Desire it, practice it, preserve it. 

Brother Len Wertz 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

November 1, 1926 

PHYSICAL DEATH VS. SPIRITUAL DEATH 

H. E. Miller 

Let us go back to the children of Israel in their wanderings and 
notice God's instructions to them through Moses their leader. 
About the time of preparation for the entry of the promised land, 
where they would come in contact and be among other nations, 
notice God's warnings, instructions and so forth, 

In Deut. 13:1-18 inclusive He tells them there will arise false 
prophets and dreamers to deceive them, and even though their 
prophecy of a sign or wonder come to pass, they should not be 
deceived, for He would allow those things to come to pass to prove 
to them, whether or not they loved the Lord, verse 3. 

Now notice that the one who prophesies falsely is to be put to 
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the Lord. Again notice in verse 6, if one close to ones self in blood 
or marriage come to one secretly and try to turn him to the worldly 
ways and against the Lord, namely to the gods of the people, gods 
that thou hast not known, to take up the ways of the other nations 
thou shalt not spare him but kill him, and all the people are to help 
stone him. This may seem rather severe, but God had warned them 
continually and told them what the penalty would be, and as he 
cannot lie it must be fulfilled. He many times stresses in 
Deuteronomy alone, "Keep all my commandments." Again in Deut. 
12:29-30 to follow not after other doctrines. He said Thou shalt not 
learn to do after their ways. Deut. 10:17, "For the Lord your God is 
God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a 
terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward." We are 
made to wonder if some are not trying to bribe God in this day. 
Remember some tried to buy the power of the Holy Spirit. Read 
some of the references on what is to become of false prophets. 
(I Kings 22:11, Jer. 29:21, Isaiah 9:15, Jer. 23:34, 28:16, 29:32, Ezk. 
13:3, 14:9, Jer. 6:14). They can heal slightly. 

As we have touched lightly on the physical death which came in 
olden times because of faithlessness and disobedience to God, let 
us turn briefly to the spiritual side. First the sad part is, that those 
who die spiritually cannot be buried and put away where they will 
not pollute the pure. And Christ said that one who has tasted of the 
good things of God and die spiritually could not possibly be 
resurrected from that state to which he has fallen. 

Now I have been made to think if we would do as commanded, 
and in comparison with Deut. 13:6-17 where they ejected the false 
ones from among them, if we would put away the false leaders, 
prophets, and body friends, who continually try to get us to go after 
other methods, other denominational plans, and take in worldly 
ways, such as pianos, orchestras, jewelry, bobbed hair, and what 
not, and to disregard the kiss, prayer veil, and many other 
doctrines, and put them from among us with all their substance, the 
Holy Spirit could then use us to win souls to Christ. But as with 
Joshua while there is sin in the camp we can not prosper. (Rev. 
22:19, Deut. 4:2, 12:32, 13:18, Josh. 1:7, Prov. 30:6). The foregoing 
are a few of the references where we are warned not to add to or 
take away from God's word. 

Now let us turn to a few references about the false prophets, and 
leaders as mentioned in the New Testament. (Matt. 7:15, 24:11, II 
Pet. 2:1, I John 4:1). Let us therefore study to show ourselves 
approved unto God, workmen that need not be ashamed, rightly 
dividing the word of truth, neither adding to or taking away. Let us 
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THE PLAN OF THE MASTER WEAVER 

My life is but a weaving, 

Between the Lord and me, 
I may not choose the colors, 

He knows what they should be, 
For he can view the pattern, 

Upon the upper side, 
While I can see it only, 

On this the under side. 
Some times He weaveth sorrow, 

Which seemeth strange to me, 
But I will trust His judgment, 

And work on faithfully. 
T'is He who fills the shuttle, 

And He knows what is best, 
So I shall weave in earnest, 

Leaving to Him the rest. 
Not till the loom is silent, 

And the shuttles cease to fly, 
Shall God unroll the canvas 

And explain the reason why 
The dark threads are so needed 

In the weaver's skillful hand 
As the threads of gold and silver 

In the pattern He has planned. 

Selected by Sister Susanna B. Johns 



THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Hearing the Word 
J. H. Moore 

Paul, in Rom. 10:14, already cited in part, reasons thus: "How 
then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and 
how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and 
how shall they hear without a preacher? Without preaching there 
is no hearing, without hearing there is no believing, and without 
believing there can be no salvation. Hearing is one of the essential 
acts in conversion. Jesus says: "Whosoever heareth these sayings 
of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which 
built his house upon a rock." (Matt. 7:24) In this instance the 
Master adds doing to hearing as one of the necessary elements in 
making the spiritual life a success. There are those who hear, and 
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honest and good hearts, the truths that are presented to them. 

Explaining the parable of the sower, who sowed good seed on 
different kinds of ground, Jesus says: 'The seed is the word of 
God." (Luke 8:11) The man who preaches the Gospel is sowing 
the seed of the kingdom, the Word of God, in the hearts of the 
children of men. To receive this Word into honest hearts, is to both 
hear and heed that which is taught. It then becomes a matter of 
both hearing and obeying. Or, as James puts it, "receive with 
meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls." 
(James 1 :21 ) He then adds: "But be ye doers of the word, and not 
hearers only." (verse 22) In verse eighteen he says we have been 
begotten "with the word of truth." It will thus be observed that the 
Word of Truth, which is the "sword of the Spirit" (Eph. 6:17), is an 
indispensable factor in the process of conversion. 



Assorted Poems and Proverbs Selected by Brother Lynn Miller 

As the man lives, so will he die; 
As the tree falls, so will it lie; 
As the man dies, so must he be 
Throughout a whole eternity. 

As the mother, such the daughter; 

Look to this before you court her. 

As the old birds sing, the young birds twitter. 

As the old cock crows, the young cock learns. 

To fix a good or evil course, 
Example is of potent force; 
And they who wish the young to teach 
Must practice ever what they preach. 

A white glove often hides a dirty hand. 

Advice when most needed is least heeded. 

Always drinking, always dry. 

All death is sudden to the unprepared. 

A new heart better suits Sunday than a new suit. 

Cackling is not laying and promising is not paying. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

THANK YOU 

We want to say thanks to each and every one for your prayers, 
cards, telephone calls and concerns during our illnesses. Though 
we have improved we are still at Manor Care Nursing Home. 

Brother and Sister Paul R. Myers 
IN APPRECIATION 

I wish to thank all for prayers, visits, get-well cards and kind- 
nesses shown to me during my stay in the York Hospital and since 
my return home. May the Lord bless you all. 

In Christian love, 
Sister Grace Surbey 

THANK YOU 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

I feel I must write and tell you how I appreciate and many thanks 
for your cards and gifts that I received for my 80th birthday. There 
were so many I thought it best to have it put in the Monitor instead 
of writing to each one. I wish the Lord's blessing on each one of 
you. 

I need your prayers. To the ones I learned to love and worship 
with. 

Christian love, 
Sister Myrtle Bittinger 

ANNOUNCEMENT 

Sis. Irene Stout of Wabash, Indiana, whose poems have ap- 
peared in the Bible Monitor, has collected a number of poems on 
the subject of prayer into a booklet. This booklet is entitled 'Tree 
of Life - Poems and Prayers." This booklet is especially designed 
for the elderly and weak, although the poems are beneficial for all. 
The booklets are priced at $1.95 (postpaid). Any profits from the 
sale of these booklets will be given to the Church. 
Booklets may be obtained from the Editor: 

Milton Cook 

1138 E. 12th Street 

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VOL. LXIV 



NOVEMBER 15, 1986 



NO. 22 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THE HALF WAS NEVER TOLD 

Repeat the story o'er and o'er, 
Of grace so full and free; 
I love to hear it more and more, 
Since grace has rescued me. 

Of peace I only knew the name, 
Nor found my soul its rest, 
Until the sweet voiced angel came 
To soothe my weary breast. 

My highest place is lying low 
At my Redeemer's feet; 
No real joy in life I know 
But in His service sweet. 



And oh, what rapture will 
With all the host above, 
To sing thro' all eternity 
The wonders of His love. 



it be 



- P. P. Bliss 



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GIVING THANKS 

Saying "thank you" is easy. Saying "thank you" and meaning it 
is harder. Little children are taught and often reminded to say, 
"thank you." Yet many adults seldom use those words. "Thank 
you" may be spoken so easily and without much feeling. At other 
times when the heart is truly full of thanksgiving it seems these 
words fail to convey all that is in the heart. Just saying, "thank 
you", may seem so hollow and so small when we realize how much 
we have to be thankful for. 

Our "thank yous" are usually associated with a list of material 
blessings we have enjoyed. It may be food, clothing or shelter that 
elicits our thankfulness. Certainly, we must be thankful for alljj 
these blessings, especially in a world where most do not have 
them. It would be the height of unthankfulness to sit down to our 
abundant, perhaps over abundant, meals without giving thanks. In 
a land so richly blessed with these temporal blessings we see so 
few who will even pause a moment to express their thanks to the 
God who has provided these good things. In a land where we can 
have the finest, warmest and most durable clothing, we find little 
thanks expressed for them. Instead we see a desire to put on as 
few clothes, as possible, which are designed and worn with the! 
idea of attracting lustful attention rather than providing for the! 1 
warmth, comfort and modest protection of the body. The shelters! 
we have today are the envy of the world. Yet we think little of what 
we possess. In fact, our thoughts more often tend to be towards 
our unhappiness with what we have and a desire for something! 
more commodious or more luxurious. Very seldom do we really 

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thank God for our housing, yet which of us would be content in a 
shack or cardboard hut? We often express in word our thanks for 
these necessities of life but how serious are we about this in our 
hearts? 

Beyond the necessary material blessings of life are the freedoms 
we enjoy under our national situation. There are freedoms here 
that are unknown in most countries. The majority of the world's 
population lives under dictatorships of one type or another. While 
Christians can live under any type of government, obviously there 
is less persecution and hardship under the freedoms we know. We 
should be thankful that we can worship as we wish, when we wish, 
without pressure from the government. Nor are we compelled to 
support by our taxes a state religion. None are required either to 
join or abstain from joining any religious group. Here each can 
make the choice he wishes to. This is, after all, the message of the 
Bible that God's Grace has provided a plan of salvation available to 
all who will choose to accept it and follow it. Our national 
blessings should be a part of our thanksgiving. 

Christians, however, have more than temporal and national 
blessings to be thankful for. More importantly, whether enjoying 
these physical and national blessings or not, the Christian can be 
thankful that there is a God above all who cares for them and has 
provided for them eternal life through the gift of His Own Son. 
Without the hope of an improved eternity the problems of this life 
would drive men beyond what they could bear. But with the hope 
of Heaven men can bear what this life has to offer. 

God's gift makes it possible for men to be at peace with God. 
God gave the gift that would change men from being enemies to 
being adopted children of God. Men could not do this themselves, 
only God could furnish the means of reconciliation. Yet how lightly 
this plan of salvation is often spoken of. It is cheapened by men's 
ideas of what is required by God. The "faith only" and "eternal 
security" doctrines designed by men cause God's plan to be 
cheapened and disregarded. It is the place of men to accept what 
He has ordained and to follow it. Rather than invent new programs, 
men should be thankful God has provided a program that will meet 
His requirements. Thankfulness, not rebellion, is man's true duty. 

Thankfulness should extend to our families and friends. Without 
these associations along the way, life would be dull and un- 
rewarding. For our families we should be thankful, for we have 
been placed within that unit by God's wisdom. Even if our relation- 
ship within our natural family is not all that pleasant, we can be 
thankful for the relationships we can have within our Spiritual 
family We should be thankful for the fellowship, good will and 



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encouragement that we receive from our Spiritual family. 

There is so much for all of us to be thankful for. There is even 
more for the Christian to be thankful for. Are you giving thanks? 

AN EMPTY TORTILLA 

Last year on the day before Thanksgiving, a Mexican lady came 
to the door. She needed to use the telephone as her car had a flat 
tire and no spare. While she waited for help to come, we visited. 
She told me quite a bit about her family and how they came to live 
in this area. She also related to me about her only visit to Mexico. 
She had been born in Texas. 

As she discussed their meals and the difference between the 
United States and Old Mexico, she said she didn't like their food. 
She liked meat in her tortilla, and in Mexico there was none. Where 
her family visited, they were too poor to buy meat, so they ate their 
tortillas plain. Anyone who has ever eaten a taco or any other 
Mexican-style sandwich can understand why she did not like an 
empty tortilla. The round flat, bread-like shell is rather tasteless. 

Most of us, whether it is at Thanksgiving time or some other time, 
sit down to a table filled with food three times a day. We have 
enough to eat, and then some, whether it's of meat or other food. 
We don't eat empty tortillas unless it's by choice. We don't have to 
wonder if there'll be food for another meal because we live in a land 
of plenty. Truly we are blessed. 

Because we are human, we don't always count the blessings we 
have, but we should. There is poverty in this world which we can't 
comprehend on one hand, and the lavish life-style of the wealthy 
on the other. Somewhere between the two is where most of us live 
and we can only say God is good to us. It should increase our 
appreciation of how God has blessed us when we see those who 
have less. We should also realize that it might not be a blessing for 
us to have more than we do! 

"Offer unto God thanksgiving: and pay thy vows unto the most 
High." Psa. 50:14. Whatever we have to enjoy in this life — our 
families, friends, our homes and so forth — our first thought should 
be to thank God. Because of Him, we are blessed. Because of Him, 
we have food on the table. Because of His mercy, we can be saved 
from our sins. There is every reason to thank God for His care, and 
no excuse to be ungrateful. 

Jonah said, "But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of 
thanksgiving." Jon. 2:9. Jonah had some things to get straightened 
out with God, and he started with being thankful. Inside the great 
fish, he didn't even have an empty tortilla, and he no doubt was 



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glad to be alive now. He knew God had delivered him. We too need 
to realize what God has done for us, and to be thankful unto Him. 
This means to act thankful as well as to say as much. 

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in 
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Eph. 5:20. Christ must be a 
part of our thanksgiving. It is because of Him that God accepts us 
and ourthanks. Christ makes the communication complete. When 
we believe in Him and give Him first place in our lives, then we are 
able to give thanks properly, for it will come from our hearts. 

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and suppli- 
cation with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto 
God." Phil. 4:6. Thanksgiving should be a part of all we do, from 
day-to-day living to times of worship. Even if we find ourselves 
with an empty tortilla to eat, or if life is empty in other ways, we still 
should be thankful, for God's care and for His love. 

Frequently we ask God for more when we should first thank Him 
for what we already have. An empty tortilla is better than nothing 
to eat. A modest income is better than poverty. Consider what you 
have and really count your blessings. Then thank God. "Blessed 
be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our 
salvation." Psa. 68:19. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Meditations for Thanksgiving" 

We have all grown up in an irreverant and unthankful society. 
God continues to shower down blessings upon us and touches us 
with all of the beautiful things of life and we express so little thanks 
for them. 

For God's daily provision of food... are you really thankful? God's 
name is actually hallowed in His giving of this sustenance. It is His 
love on display. If you could touch and smell the horror of 
starvation as I saw it in Africa, your outlook on the simple blessing 
of food would be totally different. 

Food is at the base of our existence. We are required to work and 
sweat to provide it. This action, of course, comes from the sin of 
mankind in the Garden. (Genesis 3:19) 

I believe that our perfect example, Jesus, was well aware of work. 
He laboured in His earthly father's carpenter shop as a young man. 
They used acacia timber around Galilee and it was extremely 
heavy. Crafting it into cattle yokes, plows, tables and the like was a 
great task... and a task necessary to buy bread for their family. 

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true in the area of the multiplicity of foods that are available for our 
enjoyment in America. The tragedy is that in the face of God's 
generosity, people have become wasteful. And I am not talking 
about worldly families. I am talking about Christian families. I 
would challenge you to be a good steward of the blessing of food 
even as you are of other things God gives you. Another Christian 
chided me recently with the statement that Christians can't do 
much but eat so they do that very well. See the inconsistency 
involved here? 

Fresh baked bread... the aroma is captivating. To make it the 
grain must be broken, salt, water and yeast is added, then it is I 
kneeded, shaped and allowed to rise. It is baked to a golden 
brown... and in a real sense, we see a picture here of a new life. Our I 
Saviour became, as it were, God's grain. He was broken at Calvary, ! 
He experienced the cross, grave and death and came forth the I 
RISEN and resurrected Saviour. Thus, we understand Him as 
being the "bread of life." Jesus, in His resurrected form was much 
different than His original mortal form. So the bread we eat is J 
much different from the uncracked wheat from which it originally j 
came. Are you planning to feast, this Thanksgiving, on this food as | 
much as the physical food? 

Carrying this thought further, if we are nourished properly each 
day, we grow physically... our cells reproduce properly and we 
function normally. We do not remain the same. So it is when we 
feed on the Bread of Life... Christ. We should grow and never be 
the same person that we were before. A positive "Christ-likeness" 
should become a part of us. Our actions should become like His, 
our thoughts as His, and so forth. We will exhibit peace and 
contentment. We will become more compassionate and forgiving. 
We will live our lives out of a motive of love. We will ultimately 
mature and find ourselves less and less preoccupied with the 
secular world. 

We have all heard the old adage, "You are what you eat!" If you 
feed on junk food, you will be unhealthy physically. If you feed on 
Satan's junk in this world, you will also be spiritually unhealthy. 

Could it be that those who have never experienced a real need... 
have also never had to cry out to God for help. Affluence seems to 
make us feel "self-sustained"... in other words, "I earned that food 
myself," "I made my own shelter," and so forth. Wrong. These are 
God's gifts. Genesis 1:29-31 says, "Behold I have given you every 
herb bearing seed..." 

Just think of the variety of food in your diet. God gives it. What if 
He had designed for us to eat mud... mud for breakfast, mud for 
lunch and mud for supper. How mundane that would be. Do we 



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have reason for THANKSGIVING? I mean, really thanking Him... 
not just rattling off a rote prayer as if it was just a duty or a habit. 
We should be thrilled at the creative hand of God in His production. 
Trust in God for it... give thanks each time you enjoy it. 

Meditate on these thoughts. Even though you clutch your 
blanket and growl when the alarm rings in the morning, THANK 
GOD... that you can see because many are blind. Even if you 
huddle in your bed and put off getting up, THANK GOD that you 
have the strength to rise because many people are bedfast. 

When the first part of your day seems especially hectic... the 
socks are lost, the toast is burned and tempers are short... THANK 
GOD... for your family because there are many who are lonely. 

EVEN THOUGH YOUR BREAKFAST TABLE MIGHT NOT 
LOOK LIKE THOSE IN A LADIES' MAGAZINE AND THE MENU 
IS SOMETIMES A LITTLE UNBALANCED, THANK GOD FOR 
THE FOOD YOU HAVE... because many are hungry. Your job 
monotonous? THANK GOD YOU HAVE ONE as many are out of 
work. THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF LIFE. Thank you! 

Brother Len Wertz 

TRUE THANKSGIVING TO THE LORD 

Many years ago, far from the American shores, people were 
hindered from religious liberty and freedom, so they decided to 
come here. Through their coming a country of freedom and 
religious liberty was established here. They were brave, cou- 
rageous and God fearing people who decided to take such a 
journey. The risk was much greater at that time than it is today. 

When they arrived here, their first experience was great hardship. 
They lacked proper food and shelter for the cold winter. Many of 
their number died. Those who survived, when spring came, 
labored in preparing the soil and planting the seeds. Through their 
labor and sunshine and rain they were blessed with a bountiful 
harvest. Through their thankful hearts, a special day was pro- 
claimed for thanksgiving, which has continued through the ages 
and into our time. 

Are we thankful that we are blessed with the freedom of religion, 
that we can worship the Lord according to the saving Gospel 
unhindered and unmolested? We should be thankful for all the 
blessings of the Lord, always. Thanksgiving is a daily necessity of 
life and is a part of all true Christians' lives. 

When Christ was here on earth He gave thanks to our Heavenly 
Father for His blessings. Also servants of the Lord did thank and 
praise Him Today we are blessed with many things that make life 
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many years ago did not have. Are we thankful? Do we appreciate;! 
them? Things that have made life easier and more comfortable 
have not contributed to Christian living as many professing 
Christians have turned away from the high standard of morality 
that our faithful foreparents had. 

Those who are engaged in the wicked and sinful ways of life are, 
contributing to the downfall of our nation. We cannot live a sinful 
and wicked life and be thankful to the Lord. When Jesus was here 
on earth He said some honor Him with their lives but their hearts) 
were far from Him. Actions speak louder than words. Faith without 
works is dead. By their fruits ye shall know them. We cannot serve 
two masters. 

If we have faithfully devoted our life to the Lord, we can enter into 
His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise and be 
thankful for the bountiful blessings he is extending to us. The 
greatest of all the blessings of God is the plan of salvation to the 
glorious reward. 

Through thanksgiving we should let our requests be known unto 
the Lord. Does our life show to others we appreciate and are 
thankful for all the bountiful blessings we are permitted to enjoy? 
Praise the Lord O my soul and forget not all his benefits. The 
Psalmist David's life was filled with thanksgiving and praise to God. 
When Christ was here on earth He gave the example of thanks- 
giving. 

Let us not be among those who profess Godliness and in works 
deny Him. The Psalmist David said Oh that men give thanks unto 
the Lord for He is good and His mercy endureth forever and would 
praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to 
the children of men. Do we realize by ourselves we can do nothing 
and our future depends upon the Lord? Our nation was established 
by God fearing people who have made this nation great. Now, we 
have not the high standard of morality existing among the leaders 
of our nation. Forgetting God and turning to sin and wickedness, 
we cannot have His protection from the rulers of darkness of this 
world. Back in the time of the Apostles some professed to be wise 
and became fools because when they knew God they glorified Him 
not neither were thankful but became vain in their imaginations 
and their foolish hearts were darkened. 

To the true Christian, thanksgiving to the Lord is every day 
continued in prayer and watch in the same with thanksgiving. Let 
us not be among those in the day of judgment who will hear the 
voice, "Depart from me ye workers of iniquity, I never knew you." 
Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus. Thanksgiving, 
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We should have a prayerful mind at all times. Pray without 
ceasing. We should not only profess to be Christians we should 
possess the Christian life in this world that some day the blessings 
of eternity will be ours. Have we made thanksgiving to the Lord a 
reality in our lives? Thanks be to God who gives us the victory 
through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
804 W. Sundial Loop 
Plant City, FL 33566 

ANGEL VOICES, EVER SINGING 

Angel voices, ever singing 
Round Thy throne of light; 
Angel harps, forever ringing, 
Rest not day nor night. 
Thousands only live to bless Thee, 
And confess Thee, Lord of might. 

Thou, who art beyond the farthest 

Mental eye can scan, 

Can it be that Thou regardest 

Songs of sinful man? 

Can we feel that Thou art near us, 

And wilt hear us? Yea, we can. 

Hear, great God, today we offer 

Of Thine own to Thee; 

And for Thine acceptance proffer, 

All unworthily, 

Hearts and minds, and hands and voices, 

In our choicest Melody. 

Honor, glory, might, and merit, 

Thine shall ever be, 

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 

Blessed Trinity! 

Of the best that Thou hast given 

Earth and heaven Render Thee. 

- Francis Pott 



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Christ sends none away empty but those who are full of them- 
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NO GREATER PROMISE 

No greater promise was ever given 
Than, that we can have a Home in Heaven, 
O, precious promise, O, glorious love, 
Not a thing on earth can match that above. 

But we must believe that God gave His Son — 
His atoning blood was shed for each one; 
Christ compares Himself to "a living vine," 
We can be "branches" bearing fruit sublime... 

Abiding in Him, obeying His Word, 
Practicing precepts for Heaven's record, 
We'll claim His promise, live a life that's true — 
Then with Christ, our King, His city we'll view. 

Praise God for sending His beloved Son to earth. Praise Him for 
His promises! 

NO GREATER PROMISE! What do promises mean to you? Are I 
they sure, as His are sure? 

Not long ago I walked into the lounge of a hospital. There were j 
several people there; it was raining and the sun was shining. I said, 
"There should be a rainbow. Has anyone ever seen a double 
rainbow?" No one had, and since there were large windows to the 
North and to the East, I and a young couple started for the 
windows. The young lady said, "Oh, look, there it is, isn't it pretty?" 
I looked at it, then above it, and said, "Look, there is another one 
above it, not as bright though." The others in the waiting area all 
came to the windows to look. Then the young lady said, "I wonder 
why there are rainbows when the sun is shining and it is still 
raining?" I answered, "It is God's promise to the people He will 
never again destroy the earth with flood waters, — some day He 
will destroy it with fire though." All was quiet, not a person spoke, 
so I slowly walked away — wondering how many people in this 
"country of plenty" don't know the meaning of God's bow in the 
sky? Sad to think there may be a multitude. 

God promises a Home with Him in heaven, through Christ, our 
Redeemer, of sins who shed His precious blood as an atonement 
for our sins. But we must believe and have faith in Him. Be 
converted and repent, showing our belief by submitting to His 
precepts. The first is being born again, a new creature, through 
baptism, in water, as Jesus was by John. (Covered with water as a 
baby is before it is born.) We are babes in Christ, the Holy Spirit 
descends upon us, opening our eyes to the true meaning of His 
Word and to lead and guide us in living a righteous life. Praise 



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Father, Son and Holy Ghost! The God-head, these three, they are 
One, and agree as One. This baptism recognizes each by being 
baptized, covered with water, three times FORWARD in the like- 
ness of Christ's death on the cross, His head going forward, not 
backward. 

It takes "good old common sense" and the "wisdom of God", 
given to His servants to clarify some of these Bible truths unto man, 
for some are yet "blind" to parts of His Word. The hymn writer 
wrote, "I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I 
see." (Amazing Grace) 

There is a work for us to do. Jesus DID NOT DO IT ALL SO 
WE COULD SIT BACK AND DO NOTHING. Read Matt. 20:1-10. 
Everyone is given "gifts" or "talents" to be put to use, and multiply, 
not just bury them. We lay up our treasures in Heaven when we 
build on that SURE FOUNDATION, Christ. He always stays firm 
and His Word NEVER changes. 

Marriage needs to start out on a foundation that is "firm" and 
then "grow" as Christ is the Vine and His children are the 
"branches" (John 15:1-14) we are expected to produce GOOD 
FRUIT to His name's honor and glory. If we DON'T bear good 
fruit we will be "cut off", thrown away and burnt. Through sin a 
branch can get "broken" or "cut off". All have faults and short- 
comings, but praise the Lord, we have Christ as our Intercessor 
and Advocate with God, and in sorrow we can confess our sins and 
ask forgiveness and we have the promise we will be forgiven. 

Our Great Shepherd forces no one to follow Him, but His "sheep" 
WANT to follow. No one "drives them." His drawing power will not 
come to us if we don't want to be "drawn." Yet, He will stand and 
knock, if we let Him in He will give us that peace that passeth all 
understanding. We have no desire to follow the ways of the world. 
We want to please Him and be partakers of His Great Promise of a 
Home in Heaven. 

Written with love of souls and humbleness of Spirit. 

Sister Irene Stout 
R. 1 Box 160 
Wabash, IN 46992 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

November 15, 1926 

TRUTH AS GLEANED FROM CHARACTER STUDY 

I. J. Rosenberger 

The Bible abounds in personal representatives for each Christian 
grace, and these men and women, then as now, typify the line of 



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the grace most prominent In their make-up. Ministers teach on this 
line. When we wish to hold up the ideal of physical strength, we 
point to Samson. In dwelling upon the necessity of patience we, 
like James, remind men of "the patience of Job." 

Women in the Bible have been most illustrious examples along 
the same line. For moral courage, exercised in behalf of others, we 
point to Esther. For genuine devotion we direct attention to Anna 
the prophetess. In holding up, looking at, and admiring their traits 
of character we naturally inbibe at least some of their character- 
istics and become more and more like them. The same is true of 
men, as types or representatives of evil. We cannot speak of Herod 
without a shudder, thinking of his cruelty. The name Jezebel at 
once pictures in the mind a life of wickedness. 

There are two women named in the Scriptures, wholly dis- 
similar, to which I invite attention. 

1. The first of these is found in Rev. 17:3-4 and is described thus: 
"I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast... And the woman 
was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and 
precious stones, and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of 
abominations and filthiness of her fornication." Women is a 
common symbol in the Scriptures, representing the church true or 
false. As a woman, a mother brings forth, and so does a body, the 
church, true or false, bring forth and increase. The woman in my 
text quoted symbolizes the apostate church, deceptive Christi- 
anity. Notice the points as she is described: 

(1) She was on "a beast," symbolizing her activity and equip- 
ment in disseminating her corrupt doctrine. Christ speaks of this 
class as "compassing sea and land to make one proselyte, and 
when he is made ye make him two fold more the child of hell than 
yourselves." Evil workers have always been noted for their zeal and 
success. They are not pedestrians. They ride, which implies 
speed. What glaring reports they give of their success, because 
they are riding. 

(2) "She was arrayed in purple and scarlet color." These imply 
their rank. Apostate Christianity has a control in state, as presi- 
dents, governors, and so forth. At their rallies and parades are to 
be seen "their purple and scarlet color," in plumes, sashes and 
flags, worn by those of high rank. These are often on exhibit in 
their halls of worship. 

(3) She was "decked with gold, and precious stones and pearls." 
In this apostate church there is no restraint in decking and 
ornamenting the body. The reader is perfectly familiar with these 
sinful ornamentations worn by apostate professors. 

(4) "Having a golden cup in her hand." This "cup in her hand" 
implies invitation — to induce and entice them with their vile 



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associations. This symbolizes the appeal held out today, to join 
and partake of the entertainments, amusements and festivities of 
apostate religion. They have no power for good, as they cultivate 
no grace, but are a sure index that they are "lovers of pleasure 
more than lovers of God." 

(5) This woman is charged with the grave sin of spiritual forni- 
cation and whoredom, sins exceedingly offensive and ruinous. 

These, to a very large extend pass unnoticed today. Even the 
church lacks in watchfulness along these lines, unmindful of the 
woeful fact that "He that is joined to a harlot is one body." James 
warns us thus: "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that 
the friendship of the world is enmity with God?" The people of 
Israel were accused of harlotry in their affiliations with the corrupt 
religious of the land. This same sin is incurred today by affiliating 
with corrupt doctrines, those who preach a fragmentary Gospel. 
John says, "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, 
receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he 
that biddeth him God speed, is a partaker of his evil deeds." This 
spiritual adultery and fornication is extant, yes, rampant in the 
religious world today; and it will all be met in that final great day. 

2. The second woman to which we call attention is found in Rev. 
19, and is thus described: "Let us be glad and rejoice and give 
honor to him, for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife 
hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should 
be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, for the fine linen is the 
righteousness of saints." Paul, in speaking of this woman, calls 
her, "The glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such 
thing." 

I invite the reader to go with me and gaze at this typical Christian 
woman, as outlined in the Bible, and as the Church of the Brethren 
has steadily held up for over two hundred years. The former was 
arrayed in purple, scarlet and gold, but Peter thus describes the 
adorning of this latter: "Whose adorning let it not be that outward 
adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting 
on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart." Why this 
negative teaching? Because the Spirit knew that the trend of 
mankind was to follow the apostate traits of woman number one. 
Hence, by way of emphasis, the Spirit bids us to not do so. How 
fully does woman number two follow Peter's biding: "Whose 
adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and 
of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel." Let it be noticed, 
also, that number one did not start so badly, but she soon got into 
the dark alleys of gross crimes. We are told: "Evil men wax worse 
and worse." 



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It is a painful truth that persons who disregard Gospel restraint in 
their attire soon get out on the commons, where they indulge in 
any measure of sin and wrong doing without any remorse. They, 
"being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, 
to work all uncleanness with greediness." 

Dear reader, let me inquire: "To which of the foregoing women 
are you bending? To whom are your steps, your influence 
trending?" These, in time, will serve as an index, a prophecy of 
your portentous future. 



THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Faith, What It Is, And What It Does 

In a cold, stiff way faith is defined as the belief of testimony, or 
the confidence placed in testimony. It is understood, of course, 
that in the New Testament the terms "faith," "belief" and 
"believing" refer to the same thing. Faith means belief, and belief 
means faith. Paul would define faith as being "the substance" or 
ground "of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." 
(Heb. 11:1) This is philosophy, and is as good a definition as could 
be given, but it is not so easily understood. We view the subject 
from another angle. Faith is an indefinable quality of the mind and 
soul, — one that prompts action and causes people to do things. 
Faith is something that comes. Paul in Romans 10:17, says it 
comes by hearing the Word of God. It is a product, — produced by 
the Word. Not only so, but men believe with the heart. It is, then, a 
heart work. Or, to make it a little plainer, faith is the product of the 
Word of God in the heart. 

The Word enters the heart by hearing. It may also enter by 
reading. We are told that the Lord opened Lydia's heart, and that 
"she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul." (Acts 
16:14) Her heart was opened by the Word, which is declared to be 
"the sword of the Spirit." (Eph. 6:17) It is the instrument the Spirit 
employs to teach the heart. When the heart is once reached with 
the Word of God, accompanied by the influence of the Spirit, we 
have faith. 

Faith is that indefinable something that produces action. Men 
who have faith, act. They will do something, — something that is 
prompted by faith. It is this condition of the mind that made 
Abraham willing to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. It led 
Noah to build the ark, and also made it possible for the three 
Hebrew children to pass through the fiery furnace. It is the 
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It is the great influence in the heart that leads to repentance and 
obedience. The 3,000 converts on the Day of Pentecost had faith, 
and that is why they so readily consented to do what Peter required 
of them. It was this believing with the heart that led to every 
instance of obedience and faithfulness mentioned in the Scriptures. 
Men and women who have faith, obey. They show their faith by 
their actions. And so James proposed to show his faith by his 
works (James 2:18). There is no other way of showing or demon- 
strating faith. 

We judge of faith like we judge of love. People who love, show 
their love by kind acts, and in the absence of some manifestations 
of love, we logically conclude that there is also an absence of love. 
In cold terms, we may measurably define love, but there is no 
definition so easily understood, by both the learned and the 
unlearned, as loving deeds. There is no question about the loving 
disposition of people who abound in good works. What they do is 
accepted the world over as proof of their love. 

Just so with faith. Some people may not understand the 
definition of faith, as given in dictionaries; they may not understand 
Paul's philosophical method of defining faith, but they never fail to 
understand the manifestations of faith. When they see the 3,000 
converts doing what Peter told them to do, they fully comprehend 
that kind of a definition. The most ignorant of men and women can 
understand definitions of this character. And, in fact, there is no 
way of defining faith so clearly as by reducing it to acts. Show faith 
by acts, and the question is settled. Demonstrate faith by works, 
and that will be the end of all controversy. No man questions the 
'existence of faith where the evidence is given in the acts for which 
faith calls, but in the absence of such evidence it is but natural that 
we should look for the absence of faith, and say that without works 
there can be no faith. One might as logically look for love where 
there are no tokens of love, as to look for faith in the absence of the 
acts that demonstrate faith. 



NEWS ITEM 

THANK YOU 

"Thank you" to my dear Brothers and Sisters and friends for 
your many acts of kindness and concern for me while I was sick. 

We never know what a day holds, but with God, and the love and 
care of a church family, we can make it through the roughest times. 
God bless each of you who helped to bear my burden! 

Yours in Christ, 
Sister Karen Myers 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
DECEMBER 1986 

December 7 - The Lord Is My Helper - Hebrews 13:1-13. 

1. The first five verses tell of the social duties of a Christian. 

2. We may be called upon to sufferfor Him here in this life. Verse 
13. 

December 14 - Looking For A City - Hebrews 13:14-25. 

1 . In looking for this City, it is important to close our eyes to this 
world. 

2. Needful to be loyal to Christian leaders. 

December 21 - The Birth of Christ - Luke 2:1-20. 

1. Who were the messengers who revealed the good news? 

2. Why was the message so important? 

December 28 - Pure Religion - James 1:1-27. 

1 . What difference is there between a hearer and a doer? 

2. What does James say are the marks of a Christian? 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR DECEMBER 1986 

December 7 - Our Duty - Romans 12:1-21. 

1. What are the marks of a Christian? 

2. In verse 21 how do we overcome evil? 

December 14 - True Safety - Psalms 91:1-16, Proverbs 3:21-26. 

1. Who will abide in true safety? Psalms 91:1. 

2. What is promised in Psalms 91:16. 

December 21 - Birth of Christ- Matt. 1:18-25, Matt. 2:1-11. 

1. What was the mission for which Jesus came to this world? 

2. What were Herod's thoughts concerning the birth of Christ? 

December 28 - Divinity of Christ - Luke 22:69-70, John 10:1-42. 

1. What testimony did Jesus give in Luke 22:69 concerning His 
divinity? 

2. What great promise is given in John 10:28 concerning His 
sheep? 



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"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT 

Fight the good fight with all thy might, 
Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right; 
Lay hold on life, and it shall be 
Thy joy and crown eternally. 

Run the straight race thru God's good grace, 
Lift up thine eyes, and seek His face; 
Life with its way before us lies, 
Christ is the path, and Christ the prize. 

Cast care aside, lean on thy Guide; 
His boundless mercy will provide; 
Trust, and thy trusting soul shall prove 
Christ is its life, and Christ its love. 

Faint not, nor fear, His arms are near; 
He changeth not, and thou art dear; 
Only believe, and thou shalt see 
That Christ is all in all to thee. 

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CONFIDENCE 

"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great 
recompense of reward." Heb. 10:35. There is a high value placed 
upon confidence in this verse. Since it is so important, we must 
learn about it. 

Confidence can take many forms and have many objects. Confi- 
dence is a near kin to faith. Whoever or whatever we have 
confidence in, we trust or believe. Sometimes we misplace our 
confidence in men, policies or organizations. It is a rude 
awakening for us when this happens. So we must be careful where 
we place our confidence. 

There is a certain degree of self-confidence needed by each one. 
Each needs to realize that because humans are created not 
evolved, they have a special standing before God. God has given 
each one certain talents or gifts, which vary from person to person. 
It is helpful to realize that each one may be given more or fewer 
talents as God wills. One may have one talent and another, five. If 
the one more highly favored does not use what is his, the person 
with one talent may well accomplish more with his limited abilities. 

There is a constant danger that a person may have too much 
confidence in his own talents or understanding. When that 
happens, he quits depending upon God and depends only on 
himself. God does want His people to have enough confidence to 
do what He calls them to do, knowing that He has equipped them 
or else He would not call them. 

Fellow believers need to have confidence in each other. Without 
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impossible. The ordinances of the Church are designed to require 
participation by at least two and preferably more. The holy 
salutation, baptism, feet washing, the Lord's Supper, the com- 
munion and most other activities in the Church involve more than 
one person. To carry on these ordinances and to accomplish the 
other work of the Church there must be a bond of confidence and 
love between the members. 

While there is a need of confidence among the various members, 
there is a special need of confidence between the official Brethren 
and the laity. With a democratic system of choosing the Church's 
leaders, the laity has a voice in their selection and advancement. 
Only they have been chosen, there is a special need for their 
encouragement and improvement. For their labors to bear the 
hoped-for fruit there must be a special bond of confidence, so the 
members will uphold and respect the officials and at the same time 
the officials will study, counsel and feed the members so they will 
earn that respect. With this bond of confidence existing between 
the members, there may still be situations where there will be a 
need for reproof and rebuke. With confidence in place, this can be 
handled without the shepherds appearing to club the sheep nor the 
sheep trying to scheme their way around the shepherds. 

Of course our greatest confidence must be reserved for God. 
Our confidence in ourselves or our fellow believer may prove to be 

i misplaced. Our confidence in God will never be misplaced. Our 

confidence must be so strong that what would seemingly disprove 

our confidence, won't. What seems against our desire or best 

interest, we must have the confidence to accept as being the best. 

We can place our confidence in many people, objects or groups, 

;but the confidence we have in God has the greatest value because 
it will bring us a reward above any this earth has to offer. If we have 
confidence enough in God to endure afflictions and troubles we 

|will be able to have a place with God in Heaven. 

We often become impatient in our Christian life. It seems that 

^things are not going our way, although we have tried our best to 
live a Christian life. We meet so many obstacles that we have a 
tendency to give up. We perhaps even question God and His will 

|for our lives. Our confidence needs to be strong enough that we 
not grow impatient. We forget that what seems a long time with us 
is not so long in God's way of reckoning time. As we grow 
impatient in waiting, God is moving on His own time schedule. 

| There will come the time when the Earth and earthly things will be 
.of no value to us, but the reward of our confidence, if firmly held to 
the end will be appreciated for its great value. What seems long 
and hard here and now will in retrospect appear short and worth- 

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Are you confident? What in? Let it be God and His Word for that 
confidence has a great recompense of reward. 

A BALANCED LIFE 

A teenager jokingly said her idea of a balanced diet is a carton of 
soft drink in one hand and a package of Twinkies (snack cakes) in 
the other. Our common sense tells us that such a diet would be 
anything but balanced. It might satisfy one's sweet tooth, but 
would soon result in a very unhealthy body. It takes a variety of 
foods and good nutrition to produce good health. Good health is 
evidence that our bodies are in good balance. 

We require some special things to produce good spiritual health 
and vitality also. Our souls require food plus a proper balance 
between spiritual concerns and matters of this earthly life. If we 
concentrate on daily activities such as our work, our family cares 
and so forth, our souls will starve. If we concentrate solely on 
spiritual things, our homes will be neglected and we may starve 
physically. We need a healthy balance between spiritual and 
natural needs. 

"And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art 
careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful; 
and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken 
away from her." Luke 10:41-42. Martha was out of balance, and 
Jesus gently reminded her of that. Verse 40 tells of her problem 
and why she was upset. I'm sure she was concerned about making 
Jesus welcome, but she hadn't learned to make time for fellowship 
with Him. She had concentrated on the natural needs and was 
missing the best part — food for her soul. 

Jesus didn't tell Martha to forget her household duties, but He 
did tell her there was something more important and valuable. 
Mary was seeking and receiving spiritual food while Martha's 
energy was directed toward the natural food. We need both, in 
proper balance. It seems too easy for us to concentrate on our 
physical and emotional needs while the spiritual is neglected or J 
forgotten entirely. Like Martha, we get out of balance, and the only | 
remedy is to do as Mary did. 

Because we are human, we tend to think in human terms. This 
human nature needs to be brought under God's control. When it is, 
we will have a healthier, happier life naturally as well as spiritually. 
Everything will be in better balance as God intended it to be. "This 
I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the 
flesh." Gal. 5:16. If we concentrate on our spiritual lives as God 
intends for us to, we won't have as many problems in other areas of 
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A "soft-drink-and-Twinkies" approach to diet will add a big zero 
to our nutrition and sickness will result. Likewise in the spiritual, 
poor nutrition will cause soul-sickness. We need a balanced 
spiritual diet even more than we need proper food. God's Word is 
our spiritual food and we must have it in order to be healthy 
spiritually. A healthy spiritual life will help us have a healthy, 
balanced life in every other way as well. This includes our physical 
and emotional health. 

Balance means without extreme one way or the other, and this 
balance is needed in all areas of life. "And take heed to yourselves, 
lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and 
drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day comes upon 
you unawares." Luke 21:34. If we concentrate on our soul's needs, 
this will enable us to keep the matters of daily living in their proper 
place. 

"Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, 
lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it." Prov. 25:16. Honey is 
good, but we must eat it in moderation or it will make us sick. This 
same principle applies to nearly everything. We need to consume 
the proper amount of food for our health, both naturally and 
spiritually. A skimpy diet or an unbalanced one causes us 
problems. We need proper amounts of rest and relaxation as well 
as physical labor. Our minds must have rest and so must our 
spirits. An unbalanced life causes soul-problems, and it is 
important to function as God has directed in all things. Are you? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



DID GOD FIT INTO YOUR SCHEDULE TODAY? 

"Ring, ring, ring" there goes the alarm. I think I will sleep, just a 
half hour longer. Forty-five minutes later, "Oh, my it's late!" Rush, 
rush, rush. Husband makes it off to work just in time. We had no 
time to read The Word or even say a prayer. 

By now the children need my full attention. A diaper to change 
and a glass of milk to clean up. The telephone is ringing. Not even 
time to breath a prayer. 

Finally, I can get started on that sink full of dirty dishes. "I'm 
hungry, mommy." 

Where has the morning gone? Well, God maybe this afternoon, 
we will be able to talk to You. 

Nap time! What a relief. Now, I will be able to get a lot of work 
[done. First, I will clean that closet, that hasn't been done for a 
while. "Oh, there goes the door-bell." So that's how the afternoon 
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Daddy's home! Supper over, dishes done. Good! Now, I can 
catch up on a few things that should have been done earlier. "Oh, I 
am so tired. Son, maybe mommy can read you a story and pray 
with you tomorrow." 

Sorry God, but you just didn't fit into my schedule today. 

Sister Becky St. John 

CHILDREN - THE GIFT OF GOD 

Psalms 127:3-5, "Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: and the 
fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a 
mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that 
hath his quiver full of them." 

The modern trend today is away from children and the traditional 
family, and for the husband and wife going their own way with 
careers and separate lives. We need to return to the scriptures to 
see the way Brethren of old led their lives: what they valued and 
what they considered important. In Genesis 33 when Esau con- 
fronted Jacob he asked, "Who are those with thee?" Jacob 
answered, "The children which God hath graciously given thy 
servant." Jacob was blessed with children, and considered it a 
blessing. Joseph and Isaiah also considered their children "from 
the Lord." In Ruth we find that "the Lord gave conception." If we 
look at today's world we discover dozens of ways to prevent and 
interrupt pregnancies. We find abortions to be considered a viable 
means of birth control among the people of this world. If we read 
and understand the Bible correctly these things should not be even 
mentioned among the saints, but like everything else we find a 
need to write about it. 

How are these subjects being dealt with in the church today? 
Are the older sisters encouraging the younger ones to have 
families? Are children considered a blessing or a burden? The 
trend is to get away from raising children so we can be in- 
dependent, do as we please and buy all the trinkets that the world 
has to offer. But the fashion of this world passes away, along with 
the satisfaction. 

In Psalms 128 we see a picture of the family which God has 
blessed: "Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine 
house: thy children like olive plants round thy table." 

In Proverbs 17:6 it says, "Children's children are the crown of old 
men; and the glory of children are their fathers." Could it be that 
the reason why there is so much juvenile delinquency in this age is 
because our generation has looked upon its children as a burden? 
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because too many are considered a burden. In Genesis 1:28 it 
says, "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, 
and multiply, and replenish the earth and SUBDUE it:..." 

It is our job to bring forth heritage unto the Lord. It is our 
responsibility likewise to train up these children also in the ways of 
God, to the best of our ability, that God would be glorified through 
us. God would never create a path for us to walk without giving us 
the grace to walk it. 

It would probably be much easier to live life without children. 
You would probably have fewer financial worries. But there would 
be no one to cheer you in your youth and to lean on in your old age. 
You can only expect to be fully blessed of God when you trust Him 
fully and set out to do all His commandments. 

Lynn H. Miller 



THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Not by Faith Alone 
J. H. Moore 

We are told that "without faith it is impossible to please God" 
(Heb. 1 1 :6), and that "he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 
16:16). Paul and Silas said to the jailer: "Believe on the Lord Jesus 
Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31). Does it, then, follow 
that one can be saved by faith? Most assuredly. The New 
Testament teaches that the man who possesses the right kind of 

■ faith, has saving faith. Saving faith, however, is the faith taught by 
Jesus, and affirmed by the apostles. We dare not say "faith alone," 
for the faith endorsed by the Word of God is never alone. It is 
invariably accompanied by the duties for which faith calls. The 
devils had faith, — just that and no more. It merely made them 
:tremble, and that is about as much as may be said of the faith alone 
doctrine. 

Saving faith takes in all that has been enjoined by Christ and the 
apostles. Faith standing alone counts for nothing in the process of 
conversion. James says: "Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being 

lalone" (James 2:17). No one cares knowingly to run the risk of a 
dead faith, and yet that is just what one has when he bases his hope 

Jon faith alone. Genuine faith leads up to duties, and as we advance 
we shall see what these duties are. God can and will save the man 

jwho wills to be saved, for we read that "whosoever will, let him take 

■ the water of life freely" (Rev. 22:17). So it will be seen that one's will 
has a part to play in attaining unto eternal life. 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

The Season of Generosity? 

Most people tend to be generous during the holiday season even 
if they do not practice this Christian virtue all of the time. 
Generosity is a quality of one who believes that "the earth is the 
Lord's and everything in it is His." A generous person doesn't 
possess his goods in such a way that they possess him. He sees 
himself as a steward of all that God has given to him and 
recognizes that God's blessings are to be used for blessing others. 
Generosity, then, is sharing UNSELFISHLY all that God makes 
us stewards over... our time, gifts, material possessions... with 
wisdom and a joyful spirit. 

Jesus expressed appreciation to people who has shown gener- 
osity toward Him. A woman who had a reputation as a sinner 
anointed Him with oil and ointment. She and other women of the 
Gospels sometimes traveled with Jesus and the disciples, pro- 
viding for them with their own funds. (Luke 7:44; 8:3) 

The Good Samaritan stands out in bold relief against the priest 
and Levite, who had neither time nor interest in the man left along 
the road for dead. The Samaritan gave freely of himself and his 
money. If we would be good neighbors, we must give what we can. 
We ARE our brother's keeper. 

The story of the widow's mite teaches us that the key question is 
not "How much should I give?" It is rather "How much should I 
keep?" When the widow gave, she gave all. The religious leaders' 
offerings were skimmed off the top, involving no sacrifice. (Luke 
21:1-4). 

Some people say they would like to be more generous but they 
don't have the money to do so. If we understand that giving is not 
related to the amount of money one possesses but how he uses 
what God gives him, then we see that this statement might well be a 
defense mechanism to wary away guilt for the lack of the Christ- 
like spirit. 

For most of us, our first memory verse was "For God so loved the 
world that he gave..." It is possible for us to give without loving but 
it is impossible for us to love without giving. A generous person 
gives because he has, and doesn't worry about what he doesn't 
have. The tragedy of the miserly person is that he is defeated by 
his own stinginess. We must be channels made for sharing and not 
cisterns made for hoarding. 

Generosity is a divine quality. We are commanded to be like our 
Father in heaven. He is not only generous, but is in fact, extra- 
vagant. When God created the world, He didn't make a minimum 



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amount of plants. He made an abundance. He didn't make just 
enough water to get by... He made huge oceans of it. And He made 
plenty of animals and flowers and stars and mountains. God over- 
flows with generosity. 

Ephesians I illustrates that we are blessed beyond description. 
This is one of the reasons God speaks out so harshly against those 
who withhold from Him. The prophet Haggai upbraided the 
comfortable Israelites for enjoying their blessings rather than 
meeting the needs of God's house. 

Some people seem naturally generous. Others learn generosity 
from the good example of friends. Generous people are positive 
people and they don't consider themselves lucky... they consider 
themselves blessed. They are enjoyable to talk to because they 
can attest to the faithfulness of God in many areas of their lives. 
They not only encourage generosity... they also encourage faith. 

Generosity is contagious. It is an adventure. In it you experience 
the real joy of living. 

Giving is investing. You don't lose when you give... you gain. 
You reap what you sow. 

Giving is fellowship. Paul thanked the people at Philippi for 
uniting with him in the fellowship of giving and receiving. God will 
allow some Christians to have needs so that others can fellowship 
with them by meeting their needs. When you increase your fellow- 
ship... you increase your giving. 

Giving is sacrifice. I believe that God desires us to simplify our 
life-styles so we will have more to give. Outrageous, extravagant 
living is wrong... but extravagant giving is right. 

Giving is NOW. Don't wait for your better job, or until you get 
married, or until the children are raised and gone. Generosity will 
enrich all facets of your life... in each phase... at each age. 

Make an investment in the Kingdom. Keep your time, talents, 
and treasures moving. 

"Go Break to the needy sweet charity's bread; 

For giving is living," the angel said. 

"And must I be giving again and again?" 

My peevish and pitless answer ran. 

"Oh no," said the angel, piercing me through, 

"Just give till the Master stops giving to you." 

Brother Len Wertz 



Christ may wait long, but He will not wait forever. 



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DISCIPLINE AND LEADERSHIP 

II Kings 17:17, "And they caused their sons and their daughters 
to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, 
and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke 
him to anger." 

I Timothy 4:12-13, "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an 
example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in 
spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to 
exhortation, to doctrine." 

Hebrews 12:6, 'Tor whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and 
scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." 

There is no denying the fact that we live in a youth oriented 
society. It is a time when women dye their hair and men get their 
hair styled rather than cut in order to look more youthful. The vast 
majority of radio and television programs are geared toward the 
youth. The fact that an older man was elected to the office of 
President was considered almost a miracle. The commercial 
market is loaded with products that are supposed to help you look 
and feel more youthful. 

This trend has not been escaped by the earthly church. When we 
study II Kings 17 we find the Israelite people forsaking the way of 
the Lord and "doing their own thing." This finally led to idol 
worship and even sacrificing their sons and daughters to pagan 
gods. We look with askance at the actions of the Israelites. But are 
we fully without guilt? While we doubt the wisdom of having a 
television set in the home, many not only have a family set but 
provide a personal set for their children. The "fire" of evil is set 
before them day and night. Something much more precious than 
their lives may be lost. This is only one of the many questionable 
things that are provided without questions. For many the greatest 
"sin" that could be committed is to say "no" to a child's request. 
The scriptures tell us that God has to say "no" to us sometimes. 
James 4:3 "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye 
may consume it upon your lusts." In place of this many modern 
day preachers have taken scriptures out of context and would have 
you believe that God will give you anything you ask for, just so you 
have enough faith. It is this type of mentality that has added to the 
problems of youth. We have, unfortunately, (to a large degree) 
sacrificed our youth on the altar of amusements and popular 
trends. 

But our second study verse tells us that there is a place to 
recognize the value of youth. The problem is not in using youth 
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referring to those within the eighteen to twenty-five year bracket, 
but in desiring to put the entire place of leadership in the hands and 
mindset of youth. In putting the emphasis on the first part of these 
verses, we have overlooked the need of providing them with good 
reading material, sound teaching, and most of all the true doctrines 
of the Church. Because this trend has been followed for many 
years we now have ministers who not only do not speak on true 
doctrinal issues but actually condemn them! Although we do not 
excuse our youth for not following biblical standards in many 
church circles, neither do we condemn them. They are victims of 
[their elders who no longer see a need to be separate from the 
i world. Christ speaks some terrible words of judgment against 
(these individuals. Matthew 18:6, "But whoso shall offend one of 
these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a 
| millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he was drowned in 
the depth of the sea." When our children are young we should take 
the time to play games with them and spend time telling them what 
we believe, and more important, why we believe it. When these 
children come to the age of accountability and, hopefully, accept 
the Lord as their Saviour, our time of teaching does not end. But 
the difference is that now they must accept the truths for their own. 
If they only do it to "please Mom and Dad" they will fail in the time 
of testing. 

Our last verse speaks of a practice that is becoming less and less 
popular in today's society. More and more reform is being 
advocated in place of punishment. Although capital punishment 
(has been restored in some places, it still seems to lack great 
support. As Christians this is not an easy issue to deal with. This is 
why mixing church and state always leads to more problems than 
solutions. But our major concern goes beyond the punishment of 
criminals. It is loving punishment that may keep our youth from 
becoming criminals. We believe it is still proper to punish small 
children when the need is there. We are not to mistreat them but a 
ispanking can be an act of love. As they grow older a different type 
of punishment may be best. But we should never allow youth to 
believe that they will never pay for their mistakes. Some see a 
difference between discipline and punishment and this may be so. 
But no matter what word you use, a child should be chastened. A 
lack of discipline is very evident in most of our church circles. We 
are busy telling the world how they should live while church 
members do as they please. We know of no scripture that instructs 
us to tell government what they should or should not do, but many 
scriptures speak about church discipline. Sinners will face the 
wrath of God, but his sons and daughters are the ones he lovingly 
chasteneth and scourgeth." 



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May each of us be willing to be chastened by the Word of God. It 
will be much better than facing the wrath of eternal Hell. Let us be j: 
willing to discipline our children that they may escape this terrible | 
end. ^ 

James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

CHURCH MUSIC 

T. H. Barron 

We must take this praising of God in song — so often referred to 
in his Word — and lift it up to the place God designed for it. People 
have come to look upon the singing in our Churches merely as an 
entertainment. They go to the house of God to recreate rather than 
to worship. The preacher is expected to do his share in this enter- 
tainment, and the choir to do their part. Hence the music selected 
must be of a character and kind that will best fill the bill. Music of 
an operatic character — that which is often light and frivolous is 
mainly selected. The people must be entertained, even though 
perishing souls go down to eternal darkness, from our very Church 
altars. The Church is not reaching out and saving the masses, as 
she did when she had comparatively few hymns and tunes. Never 
in the history of the Church has there been as many musical 
instruments, music books, and musical instructors, as at the 
present. Much is said and done about music as an art. There are 
many fine singers, many skillful performers upon instruments. But 
what the Church of Christ needs in this world of suffering and sin, 
is music that will reach the hearts of humanity, and so affect them 
as to make their burdens lighter, mitigate their pain, strengthen 
their feeble desires for God and good. The music of the sanctuary 
should be a vehicle into which all should enter, and by its heavenly, 
uplifting power be borne upward into the holy atmosphere of our 
God. I believe God intended music to be to his Church a fiery 
chariot, whereon she, like Elijah, might step and be translated. 

We have entirely too many music books — tune books. Sunday 
schools think they must change their singing books every year, and 
choirs generally use a tune book until they can begin to sing the 
pieces with some degree of perfectness, and then the old tunes, as 
they are called, are cast aside, and a new book is introduced. I 
enter my protest against such proceedings. In the first place, the 
Church and the Sunday school ought to use the same book, sing 
the same tunes. The scholars while in Sunday school can sing like 
larks, but when they come into the preaching services (if they ever 
do) they are as silent as mutes. Now I believe we should sing the 



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! same songs in the home that we sing in the Church. Sing the same 

J songs in the Sunday school that we sing in the home and Church. 

If the Sunday school is the Church (and this is Dr. Vincent's 

i decision), let us use our hymnal, sing our Church songs in all the 

[varied departments and services connected with our "lovely Zion." 

Let the old hymns of the Wesleys, of Watts, Doddridge, and 

Cowper, set to the tunes of our old and new anthems, ring out from 

' our home altars and Sunday schools, our prayer meetings and 

I congregations day after day and Sabbath after Sabbath, and it will 

| not be long until the Church will derive a wonderful benefit and 

I power from this singing. We want each member of Christ's body to 

be able to say, 

"My life flows on in endless song, 

How can I keep from singing?" 

Secondly, if we would make music helpful to us in our worship 

and in our revival meetings, we must give it attention. I am sorry to 

say it has been sadly neglected by the officials of the Church. We 

have in the Methodist Church provisions made in the Discipline for 

,a committee on Church music. But I venture to say, in nine cases 

('out of ten, they are never consulted about the music of the Church. 
Now, this committee is one of the most important among the 
^officers of the Church. They should look well to the kind of music 
fused, and how, and by whom sung, and also provide suitable and 
.competent instruction in this delightful study. There should be a 
.weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly singing school in every Metho- 
dist society — "one of ye old time singing schools," not the new- 
fashioned four days' conventions, where all the time is spent in 
preparing for a concert; but a school where the Church members, 
*old and young, can learn the principles of sol-fa-ing. It may be that 
as a Church we have been trying to keep pace with the world in too 
many ways. The Church should not be an opera, theater, or 
musical convention; but she should look after the instruction of her 
ifpeople in the principles of music. Let us call back the old-time 
(singing school — or something similar, and let all our people learn 
lito sing. In many places the various Churches are waking up to the 
|importance of this subject, and are beginning to give it the 
attention it demands. A late editorial in the "Western" on this 
subject has the right ring. Let the mighty volume of congregational 
singing hush into forgetfulness all the strife and discord of this 
[mortal life, and 

"Let those refuse to sing, 

Who never knew our God. 
But servants of our heavenly king, 
Should sing his praise abroad." 

Selected from 1884 Methodist Paper 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

December 1, 1926 

DOING GOD'S WILL 

L. I. Moss 

In the first chapter of the Gospel of John we get a good idea of 
what the word is and how it was brought to us. In verse 14 we learn 
the word became flesh and came and dwelt among us. This 
provision was made for us because of the love of God as expressed 
in John 3:16 and also in John 17 in the prayer Jesus prayed for us. 

Now if God so loved us and gave his son for us, Jesus gave his 
life for us, and all the needed preparations for our eternal happi- 
ness has been made. Should we not be glad to obey his word and 
will, when every part of it has been given for our good. Obedience 
to the will of God will make better men and women in this life, we 
wiil be better citizens in a community, and better people in the 
church, and will be better prepared to meet our Lord at the close of 
life. There is too much so-called obedience, which God will not 
recognize at all. 

People say they obey the Spirit of the Gospel. Like many people 
with the Gospel of John on feet washing, they say any act of 
humility toward our brother, will fulfill the spirit of the Gospel, so 
we might go through many of the other teachings of the New 
Testament and they say you can be obedient to the gospel and 
spiritualize everything and not literally observe and do the things 
taught in the word. James says in the second chapter 26th verse, 
faith apart from works is dead. Also the 17th verse says the same. 
In fact the whole second chapter of James teaches the literal doing 
of things in order to be obedient. 

How are you going to obey the will of God in baptism without the 
literal act? How will you obey the gospel in five places on the 
salutation of the kiss with a stiff arm handshake? 

Our entrance into the kingdom of heaven depends on our 
obedience to God's will (Matt. 7:21). The text does not use the 
word obey, but it uses a term fully as strong, that of doing God's 
will. 

Now there is a negative side to this question too. If obedience is 
the condition of entering the kingdom, disobedience is absolutely 
the act which will bar people out of the kingdom. 

Another question, how much of God's will do we need to disobey 
to close the door against us? Just read James 2:10 and see how 
much you want to take a chance on for yourself. A good many 
people will be like a doctor one time said to me, — he was taking a 



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chance on eternity. I asked him what his chances was worth he 
said nothing. 

My dear readers let us not take a chance but so obey God and his 
word that we may have the assurance Paul had in II Timothy 46-8 
and when we do all in our power by the help of God, his Spirit and 
his word then we have nothing to boast of. We can only say we are 
unprofitable servants, we have done that which was our duty to do 
(Luke 17:10) 

This is why the Dunkard Brethren Church is in existence we 
s and for a fuller obedience to the Gospel, and earnestly plead with 
all to live and walk closer to God. 



NEWS ITEMS 

PRESIDING ELDERS 
NOW is the time for all changes in the Ministerial and Deacon 
Lists for the February 1 , 1 987 Bible Monitor to be sent to the Editor 
Any other changes or corrections that need to be made should also 
be reported. This is important. Thank you for your prompt 
response by January 1, 1987. 

The Editor 
SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 
We have many pleasant memories of our Revival Meetings in 
August. Our evangelist, Bro. Dennis St. John brought us many 
challenging and inspiring messages. We also enjoyed the fellow- 
ship from other congregations and other visitors. May the Lord 
bless Bro. and Sis. St. John and family for coming to our congre- 
gation and as they go in other fields of labor. 

Our Lovefeast, in November, was another spiritual experience 
with sharing in the Lord's work, and the fellowship with those from 
near and as far as Indiana and California. We were happy for all 
who came. We thank the visiting ministers: Elders Joshua Rice 
Frank Shaffer, and Robert Carpenter, who officiated in the evening.' 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 



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Carnal men love the god they make, but not the God that made 
them. 



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VOL. LXIV 



DECEMBER 15, 1986 



NO. 24 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THERE IS NO NAME SO SWEET 

There is no name so sweet on earth, 
No name so dear in Heaven, 
As that before His wondrous birth 
To Christ the Savior given. 

Twas Gabriel first that did proclaim, 
To His most blessed mother, 
That name which now and ever more 
We praise above all other. 

And when He hungupon the tree, 
They wrote His Name above Him, 
That all might see the reason we 
Forevermore must love Him. 

So now upon His Father's throne, 
Almighty to relieve us 
From sin and pain, He ever reigns 
The Prince and Savior Jesus. 

- George W. Bethune 



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RESPECT 

Another Christmas season is upon us. There is much hustle and 
bustle. There are parties, banquets, gift exchanges, carolings and 
many other activities in honor of the season. We are all too familiar 
with the stress, tiredness and ill temper of this season. Often it is a 
season to be endured, rather than enjoyed. But as we pause to 
look at these things, do we find that we are really respecting the 
One for whom the day is set aside? 

Christmas is a reminder of God's gift to mankind. It reminds us 
that we could not save ourselves, no matter how much money we 
have, how many gifts we give, how helpful we try to be or how good 
we are. The season should remind us that without God's gift we 
would have no hope. Yet as we look about us at the usual 
celebration of this season we see very little true respect shown to 
the Giver of the Perfect Gift. Fearfully the activities of the season 
bear little relation to the Babe laid in a Bethlehem manger. These 
activities instead show a desire to fulfill men's physical desires. 
There is a great lack of self control in the name of the One who 
wants total control of our hearts and lives. The irony of the true 
meaning of Christmas as compared to the usual way it is cele- 
brated is striking. 

Certainly if any one of us were having a birthday we would find 
it strange if those invited to celebrate it with us would ignore us and 
instead treat themselves to the pleasures of the occasion. We 
would feel our friends did not have the proper respect for us. 

Respect is an earned honor. No one deserves respect more than 
the God of Heaven. As the Creator and Sustainer of this Earth. He 

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deserves our respect and honor. As the Judge of all mankind He 
deserves our respect and fear. As the Giver of peace within and 
salvation throughout Eternity, He deserves our respect and grati- 
tude. His wisdom and works are far beyond our finite compre- 
hension, so He is deserving of all the respect we can, do and should 
show Him, plus even more. Our respect for Him may be shown 
every day of the year, not just this Christmas season. 

When thinking of God we must realize His trine form. It is a 
mystery that baffles the wisest of men but capable of being 
received by the faith of the lowest of men. Our respect extends to 
Jesus the Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity. Without 
the Great Three-in-One, there would be a lack in our Christian 
doctrine and lives. Our respect toward God can be shown in many 
ways. On the other hand we may also be disrespectful toward God 
in many other ways. 

We must exercise due vigilance in our lives and attitudes that we 
are respectful toward Him. The way we use or abuse this 
Christmas season is one test of our respect for Him. But since our 
respect is to be shown daily we need to be careful daily in the way 
we approach, worship and serve Him. We dare not be flippant or 
insincere in our worship. God is not a "buddy"; He is God. He 
should be approached in our prayers and in our conversation with 
the respect He deserves. Our English language contains words 
that are expressly designed to convey our worshipful respect. 

Respect is shown in ways other than by words. It is very easy to 
speak correctly, but it may be more difficult to act correctly, even 
when we know what is expected. Even when good things are done 
contrary to His Word they lose their good for there is a lack of 
respect for the God whose will is revealed in the Bible. The 
promises of the Bible are many but there are responsibilities of 
obedience that accompany them. Jesus spoke of love being shown 
Him by obedience. If obedience is not present, the necessary 
respect is gone also. When personal appearance, dress and 
activities are contrary to the Bible's directions there is a lack of 
respect for God. 

Those who respect God will also respect their fellow men. 
Christians will especially respect fellow believers through love, 
encouragement and sharing. Christians also must respect those 
who are not their fellow believers although it will be on a different 
level. All men have been created by God so are due the Christian's 
respect without regard for race, habits, beliefs or appearance. 
Respect does not include companionship with them in their evil 
ways. Respect can best be shown by maintaining the proper 
respect for God in activities and appearances before them. 



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Respect is in short supply in the world today. There is disrespect 
for others. There is disrespect for authority. There is a growing 
disrespect shown toward God, through word and deed. This 
disrespect is not only evident during the Christmas season but 
throughout the year. May we be careful that, although we are 
Christians, we do not become disrespectful toward God ourselves. 

Are your Christmas activities respectful toward God, Jesus and 
the Holy Spirit? Are your year round activities also respectful? 

GIFT OF LOVE 

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life 
for his friends." John 15:13. When we read this verse, we think of 
Jesus' Crucifixion, the time when He suffered and died for us. We 
know it was because of love that He suffered much for our sakes at 
that time. But even before this, there is evidence of His special love 
for us. Jesus' whole earthly life was planned and directed toward a 
full revelation of His love, and it started at Bethlehem. 

At this time of year, the festivities remind the world of the birth of 
Christ. To some, it is meaningless; to others it is just a time to be 
sentimental and to have a good time. To those of us who believe in 
Christ, His birth is the first in a series of events which tell us He 
loves us. Jesus set aside His glory and all His privileges to be with 
us for a while in human form, so He could be our Savior. 

Though a king, He became a pauper — for our sakes. Few in this 
world have been born in a manger, but Jesus was, because no 
place else was available. Few if any of us have been in danger 
because of an angry king, but Jesus was. When Joseph, Mary and 
Jesus set out for Egypt, there was no train or plane to make it a fast, 
comfortable trip. It was instead a difficult and tiresome journey for 
all three. This was God's means of preserving Jesus' life and this 
too was for us. 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son." 
(John 3:16) This is a very special love, far beyond our compre- 
hension, as we wouldn't likely give a child for anyone. Yet God 
gave His Son for us. When the angel spoke to the shepherds, he 
said, "I bring you good tidings of great joy." It surely does bring us 
joy to know how much God and Jesus love us, and to know that 
this love reaches out to anyone who will receive it. 

No matter what part of Jesus' life you look at, it reveals His love 
for us. Yet many did not love Him, not even when He was a babe. 
King Herod thought of Him only as a threat, and the religious 
leaders of the day weren't interested. They knew what was to 
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but didn't realize it had already happened. Jesus had been born in 
Bethlehem as prophesied, and He would in time complete His 
earthly task, but again, the scribes and Pharisees weren't interested 
in what He had to offer. 

-, £ S n y oo th ' nk ° f the birth of Christ ' ' su ggest you read Matthew 
1:21-2:23, and Luke 2:1-40. This event created quite a stir from the 
journey to Bethlehem to pay the taxes, to the time when the wise 
men visited Herod. Some of the people touched by Christ's birth 
loved Him and received Him gladly, but others hated Him. Jesus is 
God's gift of love to us, and we ought to love Him in return Do 
you? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Happy Holidays" 

"Happy Holidays"... the sound of this greeting rings everywhere 
this beautiful season... but just what makes for "happy holidays'?" 
Is it the glitter, the decorations, the hustle and bustle, the presents? 
Oh, I'll admit these things are nice and appeal to our human nature 
but what really makes these days happy? 

We should be focusing on Jesus' birth and the great reality of the 
incarnation during this season... God becoming a man and the 
tremendous greatness of the miracle of divine energy that brought 
Him into human history. Our holidays have been cluttered by 
needless paraphernalia which creates an environment where most 
people miss the reality of what it is. Christmas is not just a current 
holiday... it is EVERYTHING, a total lifestyle to the real Christian 
To the world, celebrating Christmas is just a big party but I am 
afraid that Jesus wouldn't come to most of the parties. In fact they 
would probably rather that He didn't. How can you celebrate and 
reject the One whom you should be honouring? To accept Him at 
the party is to acknowledge the reality of who He is and this would 
require a change in the life. Celebrations, rather than being for 
Him, are frequently at His expense. 

Jesus came that we might have "life and have it more abundant- 
ly. (John 10:10) Do we, like the world, evaluate the good life 
relative to our "stuff" and "things?" Our society is literally filled 
with the meaningless, the insignificant and unnecessary. We are 
busy figuring out what we want and how we are going to get it 
These thoughts dominate our thinking so much during this season 
that we will go into debt to the point of pain for the mundane and 
meaningless. I believe gifts can be very special without having to 
be dictated by an ungodly, materialistic society. The Lord says that 



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those things which are esteemed highly by the world are an 
abomination to Him. He hates them! 

I have often thought of how Jesus chose to reveal Himself as the 
Messiah to shepherds, the simple people of the countryside. These 
were a despised group because they couldn't maintain all of the 
ceremonial activities of the Jewish faith because they were too 
busy tending to their sheep. These outcasts were the only ones to 
come and see their Saviour. Would we have been one of them or 
would we have been so far up in the Jewish or Roman society that 
we would have chosen to ignore Him. Could the answer to this 
question reflect on our attitude about Jesus... and Christmas 
today? 

Of course, Simeon and Anna were looking for the Messiah and 
they were excited about this happy day. They had waited with 
great anticipation for His coming and shared the good news when 
it happened. Jerusalem wouldn't listen. They were too busy and 
too concerned with the eternal. 

If you were offered Jesus or an alternative of money, great 
material wealth, world wide power or fame, which would you 
accept? Would you have any regrets? The options to Jesus are the 
idols of the twentieth century and if you are worshiping them, you 
won't really have a "Happy Holiday." Why? Because "Happiness is 
the Lord." 

A "Happy Holiday" is being able to look up into the heavens and 
see the reality of a living God. The stars, uncountable to us, are 
called by name by the Creator. Just a glimpse at them is to take in 
some of the vast mysteries of the universe. 

A "Happy Holiday" is understanding that God's Word became 
flesh and dwelt among us. The mystery of life, which had only 
been a secret up to this time, had been revealed. In a tiny stable in 
Bethlehem, God expressed Himself to us in a very special way. He 
scaled Himself down to human size for thirty-three years. 

A "Happy Holiday" is sharing Jesus with someone else. To share 
the need for repentance, baptism and the NEW life will make this a 
time you will never forget. This is the LIVING gift... the one that will 
last forever. You don't have to look for a warranty here. It is 
profoundly confirmed in God's Word. 

A "Happy Holiday" is recommitment. This will lead to a year long 
joy and radiance. Your life can be filled with glowing splendor with 
a renewed presence of spirit and mind. You can take on a new 
glow of radiance. Your life can be filled with glowing splendor with 
a renewed presence of spirit and mind. You can take on a new 
glow of radiance as others are touched by your gift of commitment. 

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for Jesus and His work. That is a gift that can spread across the 
world. To love Jesus more is to pray more and this will spark your 
life in such a way as to ignite the hand of God. This gift can give 
you power beyond comprehension. 

This Christmas have a very "Happy Holiday." Choose Jesus and 
keep your heart open and tender to His will. Let Him saturate your 
presence with beauty and take possession of your life. Listen to 
His still, small voice. Don't let Satan rob you of the prefectness of 
this holiday. Claim Christ's light and be His reflector. Select the 
gift of obedience to experience the real adventure and challenge 
He has for you. 

Brother Len Wertz 



NO ROOM FOR THE PRECIOUS SAVIOUR 

Long ago in the time of the Old Dispensation, men of God 
prophesied of the coming and birth of Christ. It is marvelous to 
think how God has revealed to man His future plan concerning this 
matter. I believe it is of great value for us to meditate on the many 
things God has revealed to man. 

He was a man of sorrow for sin and yet rejected of men who 
needed His cleansing. At birth He was laid in a manger because 
there was no room for Him in the inn. Soon after He came to earth 
a wicked king was seeking to destroy His life. At that time many did 
not appreciate the precious Saviour. 

What manner of love God has bestowed upon us that He gave His 
only begotten son to be sacrificed for our redemption. Christ was 
willing to lay down His life for sinful humanity. Many seek only for 
earthly gain, that is perishable. We are to put our affections on 
things above. Many are putting earthly things before and above the 
eternal things of God. 

Jesus commanded what we should do. These things must be put 
away from our lives: pride, adultery, envy, hatred, lying, jealousy, 
fornication, covetousness, and all evil. Jesus cannot enter or live 
within lives that are overcome and overflowing with sin. We 
sometimes sing: 

O, let the dear Savior come in, 

He'll cleanse the heart from sin; 

O, keep him no more, out at the door, 

But let the dear Savior come in. 
When He was here on earth many experienced His precious 
healing power for the infirmities of the flesh. His power awaits to 
cleanse and heal us from the infirmities of sin. In our day many do 



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not realize the value of a Saviour who is worth more than all the 
gold and silver in this world. Many oppose Him because He 
opposed the evil way of life. Precious are those who are laid to rest 
in Christ Jesus. Their works do follow them. 

He brought joy to the world and He will bring joy and peace into 
the lives of all true Christians. He came that we might have life and 
have it more abundantly. Many did not respect Him or honor Him 
and rather found fault. He was filled with wisdom and the Grace of 
God. Do we who profess to be followers of Christ show to the 
world that we appreciate Christ our Saviour? No one should stand 
opposed to truth and righteousness. Christ is our shield and 
protection from the shadows and works of darkness. Can we truly 
say, 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine 
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! 

Christ's birth made it possible for us to be born into the kingdom 
of God. We should adorn the doctrine of our Saviour in all ways. 
His birth brought spiritual light and light to the world. Those who 
receive the new birth from Christ have spiritual life and are a light 
to the world. He was a great example of peace and justice. Have 
we accepted His example. He showed great sympathy and was 
always ready to be a blessing to others. He performed many 
miracles, healed the sick and raised the dead. 

He was not appreciated by many because of their evil hearts. 
Those who have accepted the plan of salvation are not controlled 
by envy, hatred and strife. The weapons of the Christians warfare 
are not carnal. Those who have the Christian Spirit have all the 
fruits of the spirit and truth and righteousness flows forth like 
fountains of living water. 

It was prophesied long before Christ came to earth that men 
would not receive Him and many did not realize His value. When 
we accept Christ He will bring peace and joy into our lives. Peace 
not as the world gives peace, but peace that passeth all under- 
standing and joy the world can never give. 

Today there are many professing ministers of the Gospel who 
are failing to throw out the Gospel warning to those who are living 
in sin. The world is full of folly, it should not be in the Churches. 
Through Christ we can have the keys of the kingdom, power over 
evil spirits, living water, bread of heaven and eternal life. Let us 
take heed to God's Holy Word lest we be led into a false security 
and will receive no benefits through the greatest gift of God. 

Christ was always obedient to the Heavenly Father. Christ's 
coming brought joy and peace to the world. How many will receive 
joy and peace at His second coming? There was no room for Him 



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in the inn and to a large extent no room in the hearts of mankind. 
The great example is set, the true foundation is laid, under no other 
foundation is there salvation. He is the chief cornerstone of the 
Church and on Him hangs all the law and the prophets. When 
Christ was baptized in the River Jordan God spake from heaven, 
"This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased." 

Today there are people inviting others to accept the way of 
salvation who have not accepted it themselves. Let us take the true 
way of salvation. The place we will spend eternity is decided by 
whether or not we have room for the salvation of Jesus in our lives. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
804 W. Sundial Loop 
Plant City, FL 33566 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

December 15, 1926 

ASHAMED OF JESUS 

Elsie Long 

It seems this world is full of people who are ashamed of Jesus 
and even people who profess to be his followers. Why! Are they 
more desirous to be praised by men than to be acceptable in the 
sight of God? Why should we be ashamed of Christ who came to 
earth, was despised and rejected by men yet died for them? None 
were ashamed of the boys who died for their country in the late 
war, then why be of Christ who died to save the souls of the whole 
world? On the contrary we ought to witness for him, exalt him, and 
praise him at all times. Why despise him and cling to the world? It 
has nothing to offer but emptiness. Can it be possible for a mortal 
man to be ashamed of Jesus on whom his hope of heaven 
depends? Are we unwilling to dress and be a separate people as 
the New Testament teaches for fear our friends will criticize us? It 
is time we are looking to God for approval instead of man for we 
cannot please them all anyway. We find it easy to confess Christ 
when we are among Christians: we may have found it delightful to 
trust him in gatherings of his people, to send up our testimony and 
: bear witness for him. But it is possible, not to say probable, that we 
find it difficult to make the same confession when we are in our 
'homes, and in our ordinary surroundings. The fear of man always 
tbrings a snare. This is the devil's own snare — the trouble and 
difficulty of the spiritual duty of confession. And yet if it is not dealt 
with at once there can be nothing but spiritual defeat in our lives. 
Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. (I John 3:13) It also 
hated Christ and remember his grace is sufficient for us. In I Peter 



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4:16 we read, "yet if any man suffer as a Christian let him not be 
ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf." Also in 
Philippians 1:20, according to my earnest expectation and my hope 
that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as 
always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body whether it 
be by life or death. Paul was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. 
Do you believe on Christ? Whosoever believeth on him shall not 
be ashamed. (Romans 9:33) 

Though people are ashamed of Christ now there will come a time 
when they will not be but Christ will be ashamed of them for he 
says in Mark 8:38, "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me 
and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him 
also shall the Son of man be ashamed when he cometh in the glory 
of his Father with the holy angels." How sad the thought. The 
approval of the world which lasts for a few years cannot be 
compared with the approval of God which lasts through eternity. 
May we truly say with the poet: 

"Ashamed of Jesus! Empty pride, 

I'll boast a Saviour crucified 

And O may this my portion be, 

My Saviour not ashamed of me." 

"IN THE POTTER'S HANDS" 

Did you ever think of your life 

As clay in "The Potter's Hands?" 
After you've become a Christian 

Your life should be as God plans. 

He wants you a perfect "vessel" 

With no disfiguration ... 
So may allow you to be "marred" 

To keep you from ruination. 

It's when you're "broken down" that God 
Will take you and mold you for Heav'n, 

When you yield to "The Potter's Hands" 
A new body you will be giv'n. 

But some just won't yield to God's hands, 
They "harden" - and that way stay ... 

They are not fit for the kingdom - 
So they will be "cast away." 

It takes only a "grain of sand" - 

Or a "small sin" (may I say) - 
To get you off of God's strait path 

Where Satan can lead astray. 



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He'll take you on the "downward path" - 

Telling you "wrong" is all "right" - 
He's a deceiver, and will take 

Your chance for "Eternal Light." 

Take no heed to his beckoning, 

He has no good to offer, 
Just fire, brimstone, and gnashing teeth, 

When worldly pleasures allure. 

Be subject to Christ and His Word, 

Give praise and honor where due, 
Your Sovereign God can then mold you ... 

Your frail life is shaped anew. 

Then He will make known His riches, 

Preparing you with mercy, - 
Molding your "vessel" with His hands, 

Preparing you for Glory. 

- Sister Irene Stout 

R. 1 Box 160, Wabash, IN 

THE SOVEREIGN MAJESTY OF GOD AND HIS WORD 

Romans 9:20-21, "Nay, but, O man, who art thou that repliest 
against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why 
hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, 
of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another 
unto dishonour?" 

Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words 
ishall not pass away." 

Revelation 10:9 "And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, 
IGive me the little book, And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; 
iand it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet 
ias honey." 

Our first verse taken from the book of Romans is, admittedly, 

(found in a very difficult portion of scripture. Some groups and 

individuals have tried to use this portion of scripture to prove that 

[man has no free will. This, of course, would nullify the larger 

:portion of scripture. However, because of the misuse of this 

scripture many have refused to deal with it. We believe this has 

[been one of the causes of a progressive movement that disavows 

the sovereign majesty of God and His Word, although it gives lip 

service to this truth. 

God in His wisdom, has given us a system of authority. This is 
found in I Corinthians 11:3 "But I would have you know, that the 



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head of every man Is Christ; and the head of the woman Is the man; 
(some versions weaken this by changing "man" into "husband") 
and the head of Christ is God." Various verses, we will not take the 
time or space to quote, take this God ordained principle and use it 
in practical applications. But the "clay" rebels against the "potter" 
and accuses anyone who upholds this principle of being preju- 
diced and making a woman inferior. On the other hand, many men 
who claim to be followers of Christ refuse to accept the authority 
God has ordained for them. In this case the "clay" says unto the 
"potter," "What right do you have to give me responsibility I do not 
want?" 

But the problems do not end here. Do we accuse God as being 
unfair when He puts an individual into a leadership position when 
we think we are more qualified than they? We may not do this 
directly but our words and actions toward the individual betray our 
true feelings. How about situations we find ourself in that are less 
than pleasant? We are not suggesting that God gets pleasure out 
of seeing His children suffer. But our suffering is often due to our 
refusing to follow the sovereign will of God. We follow our own 
selfish way then complain when it brings us hardship. Then the 
"clay" often says to the "potter," "You have to change your rules to 
get me out of this mess." This brings us to our next thought. 

Does God have rules? This is an area that is becoming very 
unpopular in church circles. Many would have you believe that any 
and all rules are made by man. The greatest sin you can commit in 
many church circles is to take a scriptural truth and give it a 
practical application. What was Christ referring to in our second 
verse taken from the book of Matthew? We believe first of all He 
was telling us that what He prophesied would surely come to pass. 
But we also believe that we are not doing a dis-service to holy 
scripture when we understand these words to refer to all scripture. 
In Ephesians 2:19-20 we read, "Now therefore ye are no more 
strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of 
the household of God: And are built upon the foundation of the 
apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner 
stone;" But the "clay" says to the "potter", "We do not like the 
things that Paul and Peter along with the other New Testament 
writers have told us to do." We want to make God into a "thing" 
bound by historical culture. This is what is behind much of the 
present "mother-God" type of thinking. If we take away the 
Creator God and replace Him with a system of theistic evolution, 
what He tells us in His Word loses its importance. When we make 
Jesus Christ into a mere man in place of the God-man of scripture 
He loses His place of authority. When we make the Holy Bible into 
just another good book we leave all judgment of right and wrong in 



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the hands of fallible man. But even those who accept these 
cardinal truths, to a large degree, spend large amounts of time 
trying to explain why scripture does not mean what it says. 

Whatever your understanding of our final verse taken from the 
book of Revelation, we hope we can agree that it refers to the Word 
of God in one form or another. We enjoy "eating" those verses that 
go into our mouth and are sweet as honey. But when they are 
translated into practical applications (go into our belly) they often 
become bitter. Then the "clay" says to the "potter", "I give you my 
time, talent, and money, but do not try to rule my personal life." 

We want to worship God in ways that we choose and feel that 
God MUST accept our worship because we give it to Him. Never 
mind that God has given us rules against mixing carnal and 
spiritual things. If we keep God "up in Heaven on His throne" we 
have no trouble worshipping Him and giving Him honor. But when 
He desires to sit upon the throne of our hearts, many tell Him to 
mind His own business! It is easier to repeat a written prayer in 
unison than to truly repent from the heart of our disobedience and 
rebellion. Let's talk about world problems and treating people fair, 
but do not bother us with the sovereign majesty of God that makes 
demands on our lives. 

If you are unsaved God desires to be on the throne of your heart 
by giving you the gift of Jesus Christ and His shed blood for your 
sin. If you are a Christian, God desires to be the loving ruler of your 
life. Are you willing to allow Him to be the sovereign guide? 

James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

THOUGHTS ON FAITH 

If we act only because our path is clear of difficulty, this is not 
faith. Faith acts upon God's Word whatever the difficulty; and to 
walk by faith brings highest glory to God; but it is a crucifying the 
flesh. 

To be strong in faith two things are needful — a very low esteem 
of ourselves, and a very high esteem of Christ. 

The chief excellency of faith is that it brings us into fellowship 
with God. Abel — the first spoken of in Hebrews 11 — is com- 
mended, not because of any great deed on man's account, but 
because he worshipped God acceptably. Nevertheless, if we trust 
God, there is no limit to the power of faith, whatever the thing to be 
done. 

God shelters the weak in faith from many a storm, whereby the 
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When a man builds house or ship, he takes heed that no beam be 
strained; so God never overtaxes our faith, but brings comfort, 
knowing our frame, not suffering us to have sorrow upon sorrow, 
according to Phil. 2:27. 

Faith, which always acts according to the mind of Christ, stoops 
to no unworthy device for deliverance from trial, leaving conse- 
quences wholly with God. 

We must not be deceived by appearances, but be sustained by 
promises. When Jacob looked upon Joseph's coat, which had 
been brought to Him, he should have said, "I see the coat that is 
covered with blood; I hear the report of the death of Joseph; but, 
Lord, I believe Thy Word — Thy promises concerning the great- 
ness and the glory of my son: what thou has spoken thou wilt 
perform." 

Unbelief begets all sorts of evils; faith prevents and cures them. 

Would that the saints of God tried themselves by this test: "How 
much do I believe?" instead of "How much do I know?" 

Faith labors, and holds on, despite of all appearances, and in the 
midst of all difficulties. 

Rather let us look by faith to Christ at God's right hand, than at 
the mountain of difficulties before our eyes. 

One of the best answers to prayer is to be able to continue in 
prayer. 

All things that are within the compass of God's promises are 
within the compass of faith. 

Faith can bear the test of death and burial, and can sing praises 
to God under any circumstances. 

The prayer of self-will may get its answer, as with the Israelites: 
"He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul." 
Ps. 106:15. 

What is the food and nourishment of faith? "My flesh is meat 
indeed, and my blood is drink indeed." John 6:55. 

To take God at His Word is the business of faith. 

Faith can never fail of the reward of perseverance: The Lord 
delights in preserving faith. 

Selected by Lynn H. Miller 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Repentance 
J. H. Moore 

Repentance means a reformation of life. It further means to 
"cease to do evil; learn to do well." Isaiah 1:16-17. Jesus makes 



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repentance imperative, and what he once said, regarding those 
who were killed by the falling of the tower of Siloam, applies to all: 
"Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." Luke 13:5. Further- 
more, when the Master sent his apostles into all the world to preach 
the Gospel to every creature, he said unto them that "repentance 
and remission of sins should be preached among all nations." Luke 
24:47. In his famous address on Solomon's porch, Peter told the 
people that they should "repent... and be converted." Acts 3:19. He 
would have them understand that repentance was one of the 
necessary steps in the process of conversion. Paul looked upon 
repentance as an essential part of the Gospel and of universal 
application, for in his address on Mars' Hill he said, God "com- 
mandeth all men everywhere to repent." Acts 17:30. 

This doctrine, as one of the divinely-appointed conditions of 
pardon, was urged by Peter on the Day of Pentecost. To those 
inquiring after the way of salvation he said: "Repent, and be 
baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the 
remission of sins." Acts 2:38. If, what Peter says, be true, — and it 
is, for he spake as he was guided by the Spirit, — it follows that 
without repentance there can be no salvation from sin. The man 
who would be saved must not only believe in the Lord Jesus, but he 
must repent. There must be a godly sorrow for sin, a turning away 
from a life of sin, to be followed by a life of faithfulness. It is not 
sufficient to cease doing evil. There must be fruits meet for 
repentance, and this means obedience, or going forward in the line 
of duty. 

OBITUARY 
HAROLD UMLAND 

Harold James Umland, son of Frank and Nancy (Northway) 
Umland, was born July 2, 1906 near Granger, Iowa. He departed 
this life August 21, 1986 at Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines, 
Iowa at the age of 80 years. 

Harold was baptized in the fall of 1949. On November 1, 1949, he 
was united in marriage to Anna Flora. To this union was born two 
children: Carolyn Cavner, Perry, Iowa and David B. Umland, Stuart, 
Iowa. Besides his wife and children, Harold is survived by four 
grandchildren; one sister, Mary Broadbent, Des Moines, Iowa; one 
half brother, Kenneth Knight of California; nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one 
son-in-law. 

Services were held at the Dallas Center Dunkard Brethren 
Church, August 25, 1986 with Brethren Fred Pifer, Alvin Chupp and 
Ray Reed officiating. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
JANUARY 1987 

January 4 - The Power of God Unto Salvation - Romans 1:1-17. 

1. What is the power that brings salvation? 

2. In what life is Paul referring to in vefse 17? 
January 11 -The Wraith of God - Romans 1:18-32. 

1. Against whom is the wrath of God revealed? 

2. Is there danger of men and women of today falling into God's 
wrath? * 

January 18 - Judging - Romans 2:1-29. 

1. Are we as Christians, permitted to sit in judgment of one 

another? 

2. What did Jesus tell those that accused the woman taken in 
adultery? John 8:7. 

January 25 - Justification By Faith - Romans 3:1-31. 

1. What difference were there between those who were under 
the law and those under grace? 

2. In what way are all justified? Acts 4:12. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 

FOR JANUARY 1987 

January 4 - Our Christian Calling - Matt. 22:1-14, I Cor. 1:23-31, 
Eph. 1:17-23. 

1. Who is called? Rev. 22:17. 

2. Who does the calling? 

January 11 - Our Profession - Ps. 78:32-39, Matt. 7:18-23, Titus 
1:13-16. r 

1. What is the true mark 6f a Christian? f John 3:18. 

2. In what way does the world read us? 

January 18 - Ambassadors - Prov. 13:'14~17, II Cor. 5:17-21, 
Eph. 6:10-24. 

1. What is an ambassador? Mark 16:15. 

2. Every country of the world has an ambassador. What country 
do we represent? 

January 25 - Chosen Instruments - John 15:14-17, I Cor. 1:27, 
Heb, 3:12-14. 

1. How do we choose an instrument for a task we are doing? 

2. As instruments of Christ how may we best serve Him?